07 June 2010

The myth of perfect childrearing

Why do toddlers seem more difficult today than they did 50 years ago? With better health services, and homes full of time-saving devices, surely things should be getting easier.

Why do toddlers seem more difficult today than they did 50 years ago? After all, most of the dread diseases which terrified earlier generations are under control, and homes are filled with all sorts of things which are supposed to make our lives easier.

  • Firstly, most families suffer because they have lost the support of the extended family – granny is no longer live-in help.
  • Secondly, competition and unrealistically high expectations of our children and ourselves cause both unhappiness and loss of discipline.

  • Beware the media-generated myths

Look at a glossy women’s magazine, and chances are you will feel that the typical woman featured needs a career, a husband, children, a home, jewels, clothes, excitement and travel. And men’s magazines would have you believe a man has a woman like that in the background making parenting a cinch!

  • Beware of learned authors

  • Beware helpful advice

  • Beware the competition of pre-school and playgroup

  • Beware the ‘helping professionals’


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