I’m reblogging this oldie but goodie for a mom with whom I was discussing sharing. Hope you enjoy it too!
It’s a little bit of a shame that we all have to parent on parade. It has its good sides, I know, but more often than not, the visibility of our children, our interactions with them, and their interactions with others means we are parenting to the audience as much as to our children. Yes, this does keep some parents from publicly beating their kids, but it also keeps the rest of us on edge, with one eye skewed for how the crowd is reading our performances.
This ends up creating scenarios that are painful and unnecessary for both parents and children. We work harder to control behaviors that are normal and not really that big of an issue (but possibly momentarily annoying to other adults nearby); we are more apt to respond with lightning speed harshness to minor infractions; we are more likely to badger our “normally very polite”…
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