Parenting Philosophy: It Doesn’t Really Matter

by Jason on May 20, 2013

I like parenting philosophy debates.

Why?

It’s easy to get people riled up.

We’re exceedingly defensive about our parenting strategies. Not surprisingly, we’re also militantly opinionated. All of us think we have the right answer to raising the perfect kid.

Indeed, Shelly and I spend significant time at parks poking fun at other parents.

Do we have all the answers? No, we don’t. Our amusement with other parenting strategies is nothing more than thinly-veiled attempts to rationalize our own supposedly well-thought out parenting strategies. After all, we’re smart, capable people that clearly know what is best for our offspring.

Here’s the reality, though:

Pretty much any parenting strategy will work.

Why?

Humans are exceedingly adaptable. The strategy we choose probably has more to do with stumbling on a method that matches our personalities, the personalities of our children, and the environment.

What we choose is always going to be the right answer.

We’re adaptable. Our kids are adaptable. My cake is different than your cake because we’re working with different ingredients. We use what works for us.

And that’s okay.

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