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Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2007

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    I sought out parenting books on unconditional love about a month ago because I intuitively felt that I was becoming a tad too controlling as a well-intentioned mom. I came across this one and at first reading it was like music to my ears albeit a lot of guilt was induced. I vowed to make this my new parenting bible. However as I continued to read, my gut started to question the message. Then, I began frequent head shaking. I knew then that this book had left the world of reality behind and was firmly rooted in a world of idealism that not only does not exist, but is questionably beneficial to children in the first place. A parent can love a child unconditionally and express that sentiment with words and actions and still lovingly discipline that child. In fact I take real issue with the notion that a parent who is in charge, who provides guidelines for behavior, is not what a child not only needs but also craves. I think that there are some real insights in this book that may be even more useful for parents that discipline their child in a hurtful manner (i.e., ridicule, etc.). However, for the loving parent that uses an occasional time-out, or heaven forbid, uses their judgment as a parent to outline acceptable behavior, this book ends up sounding like psycho-babble. One more thing, I couldn't help but notice that the author has two children spaced 4 years apart or so, maybe this is a large denominator in what informs his parenting. In a larger family (4 kiddos) all under 6 years old, the author's parenting style would not only drive the parent's into the loonie bin, but would insure a very chaotic household.

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