Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fear and Parenting


"This is an important rule for pedagogy: One should avoid causing a child to have great fear of punishment; such fear can cause deep spiritual harm. The Sages tell of a child who was so intimidated that he cast him himself into a pit! (Semachot 2:4-6)

"Therefore, one who will punish should do so immediately, and not say, 'You'll see what Abba will do when he arrives.' This could cause great fear, shaking the child's world."

(R' Shlomo Aviner, Pirkei Chinuch 16:12)

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