Thinking about the results of controlling and coercing children
Thank you, Wendy. I know from experience that when unforeseen life-changing difficulties land in our laps , especially those in which we need to rely on "authorities" when we are vulnerable, feelings can surface (from our controlled upbringings) of anger, fear and rebellion. As a grandma who tried to raise her own children in ways that were not coercive, I see that that parenting style results in young people who know their minds and are not afraid to speak out when something ethically does not sit right with them. I will receive the gift of another grandchild this month, and I rest secure in knowing that child's parents will be very tuned in to that child's true being as a result of their own upbringing. It it so good to have you back!
Glad to see you back! Isn't it amazing how a pause can offer healing and reflection? Always appreciate your thoughtful insights. Our kids do deserve better!