Affected for good! Peta – Positive Parenting Seminar

Members of the press, media, and bloggers who were parents attended a Positive Parenting Seminar hosted by PETA.

It was a day full of fun since we were taught about the rights ofchildren and we had to do special acting sessions at the same time. To cap it all off, we watched the Rak Of Aegis musical which was a sold out super cool and funny Filipino Musical excellently produced as there was never a dull moment during the whole show. The singing was excellent. The interaction, music, and comedy was at the highest levels I have ever seen in a show!. Thank you again to PETA and to Leloi Arcete who organised the event.

I would like to share my response as a christian father about the lessons I learned from the parenting seminar.

First of all, I would like to confess that I used to spank my kids and now I learned that there are better and more humane ways to deal with them. Some even testified that spanking never really improved children’s behaviour. Whenever I spanked my kids, i felt remorse and guilt and felt that there must be a better way.

So after much reflection about this topic and soul searching, I began to think about how much the Father loves us and how Jesus discipled his followers. It is not real and humane discipline when we hurt our children just as the image of an angry God waiting to judge and condemn his creation is a false image.

Respect and love should be given to all especially our own children. Just like God does not inflict sickness to teach us a lesson and he does not give us snakes or stones when we ask for bread, so we should follow His example. God disciplines us by teaching us his Word And thru his Love.

You never see him spanking his Apostles.  He taught them to cast out demons, heal the sick and raise the dead. After imbuing them with His Holy Spirit and showing them the way, they were even willing to die for Him since they knew the truth that we are only passing thru this life and that we are not of this earthly kingdom.

So with the approach to parenting my kids, I believe Jesus’ example of disciplining his followers should be emulated. Love with teaching is the best way to disciple/discipline our children. It is our life and lifestyle they will emulate and not just our words. T

Just like God does not inflict sickness to teach us a lesson and he does not give us snakes or stones when we ask for bread, so we should follow His example.

New International Version Proverbs 13:24
Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.

Yes this is in the bible. The 1st part is true but the second part of the verse is the better way. We love our children and we should be careful or full of care in dealing with them. So that would be the best way or the positive way to discipline our children.

The next verses highlight the value of children:

Proverbs 22:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Psalm 127: 3-5

3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.
The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

— Matthew 18:1-5

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”

— Matthew 18:10

An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”

— Luke 9:46-47 (also Mark 9:35-37)

‘Leave your fatherless children; I will keep them alive. Your widows too can depend on me.’”

— Jeremiah 49:11


3 thoughts on “Affected for good! Peta – Positive Parenting Seminar

  1. Dear Rich,
    I am very happy to know that you have changed ways in disciplining your children. Christians often tend to seek and hold on to Old Testament teachings on child rearing. If we dig deeper, these teachings were brought about by the way people during that period view children. This changed when Jesus Christ came and gave importance to the little ones, especially how they are to be treated. I can add some more verses from the New Testament that would help.
    1. Ephesians 6:4
    ” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instructions that comes from the Lord.”
    2. Matthew 18:6
    “If anyone causes one of these little ones (children), those who believe in me, to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

    Congratulations! Happy parenting.


    1. Thank you so much for reading this. Yes I love my kids dearly and I do not want to treat them that way no more. God has been so merciful to me. We should do the same.


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