Yesterday we had a discussion on authority, responsibility, and freedom. Sebastian, just having learned to crawl, was a good example for us.
Me: Does Sebastian like to crawl around?
Me: Do you think I should let Sebastian try to crawl down the stairs, just because he wants to?
Boys: No, he would fall.
Me: So am I mistreating him by not letting him do something he wants to do?
From Isaac today in the car: When I’m grown up I’ll understand that you didn’t mistreat me by taking my animals away. (Long pause.) When I turned five I understood that you didn’t mistreat me when I was little when you didn’t let me do some things.
Me: Do you think I mistreat you?
Isaac: Sometimes right now I think you mistreat me when you discipline me. But when I’m grown up, I’ll know that you didn’t.
Heb. 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.