“Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.” -Abraham Lincoln
This is so true. It’s easy to use force to make children obey. It’s quick and easy. But, it is short-lived. Soon we must threaten and often use force again to make them obey. What we don’t see is the damage being done to our children. They learn to obey to avoid force and to use force with others to get what they want. They can become forever locked in that child who is always forced to obey. They can’t be their true selves.
Yes, force is all-conquering but it is also very harmful to these little humans called children. God calls us to be gentle in all that we do.