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Confessions of a Slacker Mom by Muffy Mead-Ferro
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Sep 21, 2010

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This is kind of an alternative view of parenting in this "raise the uber child" world. She uses a lot of examples from her childhood on a Wyoming cattle ranch. Thre is something awesome about farm people. I don't know why they inspire such respect or admiration, but they do. Her ideas break down simply as follows:

1- Kids don't need every toy they want; they'll do much better to share what they have and learn to do without.

2- Scrap-booking is overrated and will teach kids they are special just for breathing. They would do better to be given opportunities to succeed and develop self respect from success.

3- Protecting kids from pain can be more damaging than letting them experience it. "My brother learned never to throw handfuls of gravel at the bulls when you're on the same side of the fence as they are."

4- The rush to educational excellence is silly and over-hyped. Let kids learn via experience and things will work out.

5- Kids benefit from having to share. They don't need to have every new computer, phone etc.

6- It's okay to be mad at your children, and to let them know that you are mad. They need to learn and understand about boundaries.

7- Parent instinct must count for something; experts are a fairly recent phenomenon. What may be the vogue in child-raising today will be tomorrow's folly.

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