SHAME – Is it okay to use shame to correct your kids? Here’s Trace Embry with today’s License to Parent.
There’s a common belief among our politically correct that shame is not something our kids – or anyone, for that matter – ought to experience. Even many Christians have bought this idea. But, Scripture seems to make a different case. God has made us, and our kids, with the capacity for many emotions – shame being just one of them. Confusion about this subject comes when parents attempt to force their kids to feel shame for something that God didn’t call shameful – and usually out of selfish motives. But, to remind an unrepentant child that he ought to be ashamed for unblushingly sinning against a Holy God can be just good parenting. Shame is often a component of true conviction, which is fundamental to repentance. So shame is a legitimate emotion when God’s standards are the benchmark.
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