Unhealthy Parenting: Do Some Parents Need to Grow Up? Are Kids the Bosses Now in Families? You Decide... by Donna John

7 years ago

Unhealthy Parenting: Do Some Parents Need to Grow Up? Are Kids the Bosses Now in Families? You Decide...

Are kids now ruling the roost in some families? Is it our own fault? Dr. Leonard Sax, a family physician, psychologist and author, feels there’s been a collapse in parenting and that it’s time for many of us to grow up. He believes that the bosses in modern parenthood are the kids, and this is partially responsible for kids being:

  • overweight
  • over-medicated
  • anxious
  • disrespectful (not only themselves, but people around them)

An example by Dr. Sax in the Maclean’s article was a parent asking his child to do him a favor and eat her peas. This, he says, is how adults relinquish parental authority and have lost confidence in themselves. 

What do you think?

Read the full article here!

The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups $19
Dr. Leonard Sax presents data documenting a dramatic decline in the achievement and psychological health of American children.

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Elisa Schmitz
OMG, Donna John! This is so true. I look around and see some parents being bossed around by their kids, or this over-helicoptering that's going on now. Where did we lose our way? Thanks for the tip about Dr. Sax and his book - sounds like a must-read for today's parents!
Jennifer Young
I know I'm not the perfect parent, but sone parents just let their children do anything and everything.
Donna John
Yes, they do. I witness it every time I take my grandson to the playground. It's hard to watch sometimes.
Ann Marie Patitucci
This is something we should all be aware of. My how things have changed! Thanks, Donna John!
Kimberly Johnson
THANK YOU, Donna John !! As a childcare provider (and otherwise very involved with children), this is one of my biggest pet peeves. Children look to us for structure and when it isn't provided, chaos often ensues.
Donna John
You are so right, Kimberly Johnson . Drives me nuts when I see it going on.

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