I'm a huge fan of respectful parenting /gentle parenting / whatever you want to call it.
I get frustrated by misconstrued criticism that the idea is to be soft or permissive. You still have to be the adult. The idea is simply how do you do that without physical or emotional violence. That's what spanking and shouting is. That's what most punishment is (note, this is different from natural consequences).
It's not easy to do, and no one is perfect at it. But I 100% believe this type of parenting works. I've never been more sure of anything in my life.
It's like how if you go to a reputable martial arts dojo, they will teach you that actually using the techniques in a real world situation is only to be done if violence is inevitable.
Once, a couple cops overheard a buddy and me talking about teaching and one was like, "my hat's off to you. I can cuff someone if they're out of line, but as a teacher, all you have are your wits."
1) He's right
2) The experience of teaching in a tough school was hugely influential on my views on parenting
I agree. Here are some additional thoughts (not that I'm a good parent, I'm just old):
- I think a lot of consideration should go into understanding the particular personality and possible disorders a child may have; and use techniques that are individually customized for each child.
- Punishment is for learning and training. It's to provide non-harmful consequences so the child can learn to avoid harmful consequences.
- The term "emotional violence" doesn't work for me. I think "emotional trauma" sounds better. (to me violence means physical violence)
Thank you for your thoughts.
>"Like, if a kid is abusing some object and doesn't respond to correction, I take it away. Not as a punishment, but as a consequence of the fact that they aren't using it correctly/safely/whatever."
Yeah, this seems like a better approach than just punishment which to the child probably seems more arbitrary.
Your approach feels more like a natural consequence which I think probably provides a better world model for the child.
>"...fair point on violence. I think of both things as violence...."
I think it's semantics and probably more of a issue for me because the broadening of the definition of "violence" in other contexts bumps into my strong feelings and support of free speech.
>"But it can cause physical trauma..."
Yes severe psychological trauma during brain development can actually cause damage to the functioning of parts of the brain -- it's pretty bad stuff.
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