Mouth of Babes

John Rosemond writes a parenting column in most big newspapers. He’s a beloved parenting curmudgeon. If you’ve never read his stuff it’s heavy on the Authoritarian model of parenting, I’m the dad (or mom) and what I say goes. Yet, we’ll occasionally ¬†agree, like that family dinners matter, and that too much screen time isn’t a good thing. So I couldn’t figure out how we could be so far apart on other things, like the parent always has to be firm and consistent and unyielding and disciplining. Why so far apart? Then I read his thoughts on Attachment Parenting and he said the above. OH! That’s why we’re so far apart, that one simply belief system. Are children born anti-social or social? All the different types of parenting methods in the world really fall under one of those two beliefs. Think about it. Did I just blow your mind? do you practice anti-social parenting, or social parenting? Try and think about the underneath value, when you look at your child are you suspicious that he’s trying to put one over on you, is it a battle of wills? Or a walk through the park, together?

 

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