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Erin Simpson submitted a Letter to the Editor on May 29, 2012, in response to
Gladys Childs’ May 2012 article, “My Son, My Protector.”
This website is interesting and full of compelling content and links, but I found Gladys Childs’ recent article My Son, My Protector disconcerting. Maybe it’s a matter of people of the same mind talking amongst themselves, and my not fully grasping what those people are working from in terms of common understanding, but I cringed at Childs’ negative reaction to her 4-year-old son’s comment that he would protect her – as if that impulse was somehow sinister. I imagine he felt some confusion at her sour response to what he was undoubtedly communicating out of love for her.
Raising a son who respects and honors women as equals does not mean that one has to raise a son who rejects innate impulses to protect his family members. I respectfully offer that Childs should let her child be who he is, that she should not only accept his maleness, but help him enjoy and appreciate the qualities God is creating in him. Children pick up on anything that smacks of rejection from their parents and it hits them hard. A parent rejecting harmful conduct is appropriate, but rejecting honorable conduct confuses and confounds children and causes pain.