It’s nearly Mother’s Day, so a parenting post is in order. When I attended elementary school in the fifties, there was a paddle inscribed “apply to the seat of learning.” That would have also applied to Dr. Spock’s book–“apply to the seat of misbehaving child.”
What constitutes being a good parent? Does it involve being one of the following types? I’m inclined to think not.
Helicopter parenting: Being too involved in children’s lives. Not letting them experience failure.
Free-range parenting: Not enough involvement in raising children. Bringing children into the world to either succeed or fail on their own–where perhaps parents should have been involved more.
Snowplow parenting: This has to do with pro-sports parents asserting themselves in children’s careers. Guiding children’s careers from an early age.
Dr. Benjamin Spock wrote baby and child care books, popular when I was a child–and are still in print. My parents, like most, followed their own beliefs and instincts.
My parents would have more likely swatted my behind, with Dr. Spock’s books than followed his advice.