History Of Parenting Advice, Mommy Olympics, and Mothers Doing It All Wrong
Let's play a game. This game is called Parents These Days Are The Absolute Worst In All Of History. Op-Ed writer Frank Bruni started us off last week when he wrote a column for The New York Times Sunday Review entitled A Childless Bystander's Baffled Hymn.
And now we're going to finish the game.
Read the quotes below. As you're reading, see if you can spot which quote is about or directed to a Helicopter Parent, Permissive Parent, Anxious Parent, Authoritarian Parent, Authoritative Parent, Natural Parent, Tiger Parent, and every other kind of Parents These Days that any parenting author, expert, or guru has ever slapped with a moniker.
Fun part? All of these quotes are from before the year 1930.
Everything old is new again. And everybody under the sun since time immemorial has had advice for parents. Aren't you glad you didn't live next door to Aristotle? What a busybody.
Parenting advice from Ancient Greece
Well, then if we employ all our ingenuity to keep our growing child all through these three years from the experience of distress, alarms and, so far as possible, pain itself, the growing soul is all this time being rendered more cheerful and gracious. ~ Plato
After the children have been born, the manner of rearing them may be supposed to have a great effect on their bodily strength. It would appear from the example of animals...that food which has most milk in it is best suited to human beings; but the less wine the better. ~ Aristotle
Those who are wrong who in their Laws attempt to check the loud crying and screaming of children, for these contribute toward their growth, and, in a manner, exercise their bodies. . ~Aristotle