Okay, who else loved Elder Nelson's talk yesterday? Like Alisa said, it would have been nice if he had come right out and said "Don't spank your kids," but I think from all that he said that the inference was pretty clear. I especially liked when he said "Don't try to control your children. Instead, listen to them." I really think that is the heart of GD, don't you? It was kind of sad, when I talked to my mom about this talk she said she really wished they had given these types of talks before she and my dad had had children. She said they would have parented completely differently, and she thinks about how different her children's lives might have turned out (we all have had difficult teen/young adult years, and some of my siblings never were able to recover and pull out of it.)
And, she's right. Although I still think my parents, as a whole, were much better than most parents out there, there were things that they chose to do as far as discipline is concerned, that I know are directly related to some of the actions I chose in my life. She says she's really greatful that the church is concentrating more on giving parents actual tools to parent.