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  •  Restore the joy of parenting for this generation (2+ / 0-)
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    esquimaux, ChuckInReno

    Bender, don't turn your support for parenting into its opposite: blaming and condemning parents for their isolation and alienation from parenting.  This is deep.

    Repressive societies demand that parents instill all kinds of toxic values in their children, but then deprive them of the models and opportunities to learn parenting that only human culture can pass on.   Instead, we offer ugly and sanctimonious prescriptions to somehow discipline their children into valuing further discipline, which will supposedly remedy their isolation from education.

    Young mothers and babies need safe, warm places to sit together and share the bubbly, patient joy of talking and cuddling, for a bare minimum, just to start.  They need a copy of Benjamin Bunny, just like a wealthy mommy does, so their baby can point his little finger at the bunny snuggling his mommy bunny and say bunny.
    I saw abused teen moms in Roxbury invent love for themselves and their babies, while they studied together for the GED tests.  That is the real building block from which all the rest flows.

    It is the power of action that calls reason into being - John Dewey

    by chemtchr on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 04:40:24 PM PST

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    •  I think Bender was adding to, not contradicting (1+ / 0-)
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      joe wobblie

      the points of the post.  Teacherken is right, it's easier to parent with the support of a loving community, but promoting the idea of education-supportive parenting can only be a good thing.  There are plenty of parents who are very well off who are nowhere near as involved in their children's education as they should be.

      Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. -Frank Zappa

      by TheGrandWazoo on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 07:12:06 PM PST

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