Dr. Benjamin Spock, was one a best selling author of the 1960s with his book on childrearing. His ideas were mind blowing to most older parents. He suggested letting a child cry a while before picking them up and holding them. He advocated permissiveness over hard discipline such as spankings and scolding. Up until that time, a spanking was not considered child abuse.
This was a decade of permissiveness which contributed greatly to what’s happened to parenting today. It was a time of protest over race, wars, feminism, sex and independent thinking. However, children haven’t learned about respecting themselves and others – many have an entitlement attitude – they’ve become inactive physically and overstimulated mentally. Everything you need to know about sex is in their face before they enter middle school. Violent behavior seems to be the norm. Families split, marriage has taken on a new meaning and moms and dads come and go like thieves in the night.
Kids are now taught or coerced into thinking they can determine their own sex, get a free college education, and be tolerant of any kind of behavior. Drugs, sex and violence are part of their every day lives.
My father cut deeper than any razor strop with his words and I endured many spankings . I didn’t need psycho analyzing for it. I was never abused, but I remember most of my punishment included a swift slap to my backside.
The authority of parenting is now looked upon as making your child uncomfortable. I remember being made keenly aware that when you do something wrong, you need to feel uncomfortable.
Maybe this is part of the reason people have turned away from churches. The result of sin is anything but comfortable..
Dr. Spock’s words created a parenting revolution, but was it for the better?