Wednesday, July 05, 2006
An All Pro Dad moment - William Ralph Inge says there are two kinds of foolish attitudes - one says, "This is old, therefore it is good"; the other says, "This is new, therefore it is better."
The same is true in parenting. Parents who believe that the best form of disciplining their children is to just copycat what their parents did are on dangerous ground. On the flip side, parents who embrace the latest psychological fad for rearing children and forget some of the traditional principles that really work are also short-changing their kids. Our children have a unique personality and disciplining must be individualized. Some children thrive in a house with strict guidelines and well defined boundaries. Other kids do very well with little supervision and lots of creativity and freedom. We don’t always get discipline right, but if we strive to be unified with their mom, consistent and gentle, we have a great start.