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Sometimes we see a cloud that's dragonish;
A vapor sometime like a bear or lion,
A tower'd citadel, a perdant rock,
A forked mountain, or blue promontory
With trees upon't, that nod unto the world
And mock our eyes with air.
Thou hast seen these signs.
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As the eldest of 8 children, a mother, and someone who has been in the field for over 30 years, I think this list mostly makes sense. My disagreement is with the use of the "punishment". Discipline is different than punishment, as it teaches and uses logical consequences. Punishment often only uses fear as the consequence.
As for the contentious #9., I believe that all humans need spiritual nurturing as sure as they need food. That doesn't necessarily mean religion, although it can. Ironically, organized religion also uses fear as a form of behaviour guidance, often to very detrimental outcomes.
I do not consider myself spiritual. I am offended because, though this was based on research, it was done by allowing about 2000 parents to participate in a survey of what they feel helped their children. There is a large percentage of families who are religious, and who would probably feel that religion has helped their children. Good for them. It still does not make religion one of the ten most important competencies for raising children. This is not the opinion of one person -- it is the opinion of many. Also, parenting experts ranked religion as the least important of these ten particular competencies. The competency had to be ranked because it was included in the survey. Though the same could be said for any of these competencies, the point I am trying to make is this is someone's opinion, in part, because he planned a survey that automatically included religion as one of the areas of competency.
To those who are offended by the inclusion of religion on the list, please note what it actually says is "You support spiritual or religious development and participate in spiritual or religious activities." Spiritual OR religious activities.
I am not all all religious myself, but do consider myself to be spiritual, and I don't take offense at the inclusion of religion on the list. Also, note that this article is based on research, so it's not someone's personal views. I think we have to be careful about hair trigger reactions and taking offense when none is intended. It's information- take it or leave it, but don't get yourself all in a tizzy over it.
I am offended by the assumption that good parents are religious parents. I have witnessed phenomenal parenting skills by people who are atheist or agnostic. Furthermore, I cannot believe that safety is last on the list. My children's saftey if of utmost importance to me because I believe this life is all they have. Religious parents are intitled, of course, to feel otherwise.
#9 on the 10 Skills of Competent Parents is offensive. Religion. Not all people are religious and that does NOT make them ineffective or bad parents. Religion should be out of your realm of commentary. You should not be preachy, just inspiring.