I feel a subtle shift happening in my thinking once again about children and learning and education.
Maybe not so much a shift, but more listening to what I have always believed - have truly always felt.
As my Christian faith has grown, I think I had became more rigid in my thinking regarding the roles of husbands and wives and how children should obey (which yes, they should but really it is their little hearts that must be reached.) I think sometimes it can be easier, actually I know it is easier - to live by rules than to live by your heart.
I have never really been a very good rule follower - thus my back and forth with being involved with formalized churches, homeschooling, and don't even get me started on the government and freedoms.
My faith is firmly planted, the rules are loosening and I want to be sure I am reaching the hearts of those around me.
Yesterday I attended the first of a six Peaceful Parenting class.
Not a another person in attendance is a Christian (at least I don't think so).
I am being challenged to consider how my Christian faith can be applied to this philosophy - where parents become neither authoritarian nor permissive nor even anywhere on that spectrum - but on a new plane of unconditional love. I am excited to learn more but also learn how this all jives with what Jesus taught.
My gut is already telling me that it lines up perfectly. Because Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
The class leader's own daily mantra included compassion and gratitude.
Yes - that is taught over and over in the New Testament.