Some of the reactions to debates are, to be polite, a bit over the top. Anything that remotely differs from how someone personally parents is immediately labeled abuse. People insist single incidents from their childhood (incidents that happened to everyone else as a course of growing up) scarred them for life and caused repeated trauma throughout their life. Everything from Santa to spankings has been cited as grounds for years of therapy and an argument to turn someone in to CPS.
Is this real outrage? Are people this passionate when talking to their parents, siblings and co-workers about the horrible suffering they've endured or think children around the world are suffering? Do they talk to the other moms at playgroup about how a bar of soap triggered a psychotic break that results in ongoing flashbacks 20 years later? Or is it just another pawn in the I'm perfect and you're not internet game? Have you ever met anyone in real life who advocates so passionately against any form of discipline or parenting practice for no other reason than they themselves don't use it?
Answer by Vix920 at 10:52 AM on Jun. 12, 2011
Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 11:06 AM on Jun. 12, 2011
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Answer by MissyNewMama at 12:32 PM on Jun. 12, 2011
Its the anonymity of the online forum. People type things they would never have the nerve to say to someones face. I have had few IRL discussions about raising children that turned into anything more than a conversation, they have never turned into an outright heated debate. I have also never met IRL any parent who is as perfect as many of the moms in this forum.
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