The experts say we can't spank our children, we can't yell at our children, and now we can't put our children in time-out. Apparently, our children are delicate little snowflakes whose entire future hinges on us never losing our cool or making them sad during any part of raising them or all is for nothing. They will become the next Ted Bundy, Adolf Hitler, or Aileen Wuornos if you potty train them incorrectly.
Don't hug them too much! Make sure you hug them enough! Don't call them bossy. Give them a chance to make decisions. Don't ignore them. Don't make them the center of your universe. Only use positive affirmation with them. Don't let them have too high of self-esteem. It's like parenthood has become some tight rope act that if one leans too far to one side or the other will completely drop the ball on parenthood and give the world another psychopath.
I have a SIL who has 5 kids and spanked them as a primary form of discipline. They are middle school aged to college aged, well adjusted, good kids. My cousin never spanked her two children and are both in middle school, well adjusted, good kids. It is possible that ::gasp:: good human beings can be produced through different means of discipline?
Maybe apart of our Motherhood Job is to decide who our children are and what they need to be well functioning human beings. Maybe, just maybe, even the less -than-perfect parents who love their children and want the best for them can produce good human beings, even if they don't parent "right" all the time.
Is anyone else tired of the experts?!