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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Parenting Quiz: Are you too strict or too lenient?

Answer: Yes!

And, O parents new and old, here is how to interpret the sometimes confusing behavior of observers around you who tell you (or make it obvious) that you are too strict or too lenient:

  • when you do something which unavoidably and disturbingly provokes a memory of what their parents did, then you are being too strict

  • if your kid does something they didn't get to do, then you are being too lenient!
And one of these two things will happen pretty much at least once in any five minute period.

Note that being a parent in no way makes you immune to this. As soon as you are with other people and their kids, yup, like clockwork every five minutes: too strict! too lenient! too strict! too lenient!

Posted by benrosen at May 7, 2008 05:53 PM | Up to blog

You're being too strict with the parents, Ben. Ease back, yo.


Posted by: Matt at May 7, 2008 07:45 PM

From what I saw you're being way too purple and octagonal about your parenting. Desist immediately.

Posted by: Justine Larbalestier at May 10, 2008 08:07 PM

Can you give some examples?

Posted by: Benjamin Rosenbaum at May 10, 2008 08:11 PM

Always with the examples, Ben!

Posted by: justine at May 10, 2008 11:17 PM
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