What I'm more interested in is what I would call "detachment Parenting." This is one aspect of the kind of Parenting that God employs. By our very nature, we're very attached to certain things. We have tendencies toward certain sins, but more importantly we have tendencies towards material goods. By goods I of course mean things that are good not things that you purchase at the nearest shop such as "dry good," "paper goods," etc. I mean things like friendship, television shows, hobbies, days at the beach, a good education, accolades etc. When God calls us to turn away from the things of this world he doesn't just mean candy and temptations of the flesh. He's talking even about the goods that point toward him. Just like we're not going to rip out the sign that points us to the city and carry it with us. We have to go in the direction is points. This means we have to turn away from the sign and turn toward the city. We have to leave the sign behind.
Ok, so God calls us to be detached even from the good things in our live. This is why we give up things for Lent. It's not because they're bad, but because their goodness can distract us from the Ultimate Good instead of pointing us toward him.
And really this brings us a greater appreciation for those things because they are then put in their correct context. You are able to see them from outside of your experience of them and thus get a greater view of them, a more objective view. Seeing the proper ordering of goods and and their relationship to the Ultimate Good will not only make it easier to pursue the Ultimate Good but also make it easier to use the lesser goods in that pursuit.
Lent is not a time of hate and rejection, it is a time of love. We love the goods of this world because they are the work of our Creator. Because of this, we do not want to abuse them. By practicing detachment, this love of creation and the Creator is possible