It doesn’t matter where we come from, what happened with our families or how we were raised; we all have the power to be different. We don’t have to do the same things our parents did to us, we don’t have the teach the same things our parents taught and we don’t need to act the same way our parents did. To many of us use that as an excuse and a crutch for the things that we do and it’s not right.
Some of us were lucky enough to have great parents who taught us everything we needed to know and how to act, while others weren’t so lucky. Some kids had to see and deal with things that none should ever have to see and that is a horribly sad thing, but in doesn’t mean that they have to do the same thing when they are parents. We all have the power to be change, to be stronger, to be more loving, to be better. We all have it in us to do the right things and do right by those around us. Especially when it comes to our kids.
Kids are supposed to be raised in a loving environment where they are nurtured and protected, not where they have to live in fear of those who are supposed to take care of them. That is especially true when it comes to little children. Most of the time they don’t comprehend what they are doing, so instead of punishing them, they need to be taught what is right and wrong. Laying a beating on a kid doesn’t serve that purpose at all. Should there be a level of discipline? Absolutely, but you can do that without causing physical and emotional scaring that will last for years.
We all need to remember that children are gentle souls just trying to figure their way out in the world and need to be treated as such.