I was intrigued to find that this blog got a lot of hits yesterday from a site called Gentle Christian Mothers. I am not sure why they linked to me because I couldn't find the link, but they seem like an interesting group. They are Christian mothers who are into something called "attachment parenting," which seems to involve constant contact between mother and child, including breastfeeding for longer than our cultural norm, allowing children to sleep in the same bed with the parents, and responding immediately to a child's cries. Although I am not a parent, and if I were, I doubt that I would be into all aspects of attachment parenting, I did find their statement on disciplining children refreshing.
I have not blogged about it yet, but I am passionately opposed to the corporal punishment of children. Most Christian sites I have found on the topic have advocated hitting children for the purposes of discipline, with plenty of Bible quotations to back up that point of view. But the Gentle Christian Mothers believe that fear and purposely inflicted pain have no place in Biblical childraising. (And they identify support in the Bible for their position.) As a non-believer, I do not advocate reliance on the Bible for child raising advice, bu I am certainly happy to give three cheers to any group that opposes humiliating and hurting children in the name of discipline.