Historically, Quakers have always viewed children with the same respect given to adults. Rather than considering them parental “possessions”, Quaker parents have regarded their children as individuals to nurture and support while they are under their parents' care.
Parenting methods that use positive encouragement and natural/logical consequences instead of spanking have routinely been used by Quaker parents since the religion first began in the mid-1600s.
In fact, during the early years of Quakerism, adults in a meeting were persecuted for their faith. If there were too few adults to guide a worship service then the children would take over.
Within our Midlothian Quaker Meeting community, this same culture of respect permeates all interactions with our youth. We cherish the young ones among us!