AnonymousDeleted UserNovember 4, 2020 at 3:35 pm
“Exercising dominion as equalizing power” – I keep coming back to my experience parenting. My sons are now 16 and 13 years old, and parenting has been so different than I expected it to be. One of the surprises to me has been the role of power and agency. From my own childhood, it was clear that parents had every last word. And while my parents were benevolent, I felt I had to wrestle any ounce of agency from their well-intended, but nevertheless tight grip. I assumed I would parent similarly. But as I’ve journeyed with my sons, the most magical moments have been when my partner and I have released power and given back to them their God-given agency to choose and be. I’m not talking about a lack of safety or appropriate boundaries here – but I am talking about moments when parental power and child-power has been equalized for the sake of our sons participating in their own becoming.