Making Peace

I just had a conversation with a colleague about spanking kids. It’s really an interesting subject and one that people have all kinds of opinions on, but it got me thinking on a broader level about what families can do to create environments that teach kids how to make not only wise choices, but also resolve conflict when it arises.

It’s easy for a kid to get it in their mind that hitting, or name calling is acceptable when they experience it on television or even at school amongst their friends. It’s also easy for kids to think that blaming someone else is a great way to divert punishment or other sorts of consequences, such as spanking or a timeout, etc.

Focus on the Family has an article on their site about how to “teach children to be peacemakers.” This is such an incredibly important principle that if kids can grasp it, it will have wonderful effects on all of their relationships. Relationship at home, at school, on the playground and in their future relationships as they get older.

Read the article, and leave a comment on what you do to make sure your kids are becoming peacemakers.

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