Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Freedom & Release

Children must be provided with other forms of kosher relaxation and entertainment that will grant them emotional satisfaction and give them a legitimate and helpful outlet for their pent-up emotional needs. Excessive pressure and limitations on children are generally counterproductive to the spiritual growth we seek for them and often result in undesirable emotional outbursts. By providing a relaxed atmosphere and by addressing the child’s need for a sense of freedom and release, we can allow ourselves to place limitations on him in other areas of major spiritual import as well as with regard to diligent Torah study.

(Nesivei Chinuch)