Does Authentic Parenting Really Apply to All Ages?

Listener Daniel sends in five questions challenging the authentic parenting principles I’ve laid out in the context of how well they apply universally to all ages. This is first Q&A episode that is a response to challenges of the authentic parenting principles, strategies, and tactics and I make it very clear that I enjoy receiving these kinds of challenges. In fact, I’ll make sure that these types of questions get bumped to the front of the line.

Some highlights:

  • Does the principle of respect apply universally to children as it does adults?
  • Are there things you routinely do to kids that you would never do to adults?
  • Can you negotiate with a one day old?
  • Is sneaking healthy food into kids’ meals really fraud or trickery?
  • Why isn’t distraction okay when kids are doing something you don’t want them to do?
  • Kids need a feedback system to learn and praise is a great feedback system, so why isn’t praise okay?
  • Doesn’t praise build self-esteem?
  • Why is it destructive to shush a crying baby?
  • Why is bribery not okay? Where is the line between negotiation and bribery?

I believe you’re really going to enjoy this episode and get a ton of clarification out of it. Don’t forget to join us for discussion in the Facebook Group!

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Does Authentic Parenting Really Apply to All Ages?

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