In my daily internet crawling I came across an interesting parenting piece in the Huffington Post called Have American Parents Got It All Backwards? (Click to see the whole article). I thought it might be a nice piece to get this blog rolling :D
I like some of the suggestions the article makes for parenting differently. To give you an idea the article says:
- "Let 3-year-olds climb trees and 5-year-olds use knives." Do this to help the child "hone their judgement". (Of course, I'd recommend that you continue to use your good judgment about your child's capabilities).
- "Fuel their feelings of frustration." Do this to help your child develop "the art of waiting and self-control".
- "Spoil thy baby." More specifically it says co-sleeping and responding quickly to an infant leads to "independent and self-reliant children".
- "Children need to feel obligated." This will help motivate your child (older children to adolescents) to achieve.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with these parenting strategies?