Reward & Punishment
Be careful of rules for your children. Rules diminish responsibility. Be careful of rewards for your children. Rewards diminish self esteem. Be careful of punishments for your children. Punishments diminish trust.
Let lessons be imposed by the nature of things, not by your own agendas or your own needs…
Don’t tell me this is overly simple. Perhaps the most courageous act of any parent’s life will be that moment when, even though it breaks your heart, you stand aside and let your children take the natural consequences of their actions.”
Here’s the final version of this painting, recycling a canvas, with the hand and eyes finally capturing her mood. 🌿