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Pastoral Parenting

When I decided to write a column for our church newsletter about parenting, I wanted to choose a title that was both appropriate for a church newsletter and relevant to the job of parenting. I looked up the word pastoral and found that its definition included references to shepherds and to spiritual care and guidance. That seemed to fit the bill. If you are a parent and have ever taken young children out in public, then you can certainly identify with the shepherding aspect. As for spiritual care and guidance, these seem to me to be the very essence of parenting. Thus the title of this column.

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Response to John Rosemond

Our local newspaper runs John Rosemond, a syndicated parent advice columnist, every Sunday. I frequently find my parenting philosophies at odds with John Rosemond's and attempt to provide an alternative view of parenting through letters to the editor. These are my responses.

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