For would-be perfect parents, shouting is the new spanking, reports the New York Times.
Many in today’s pregnancy-flaunting, soccer-cheering, organic-snack-proffering generation of parents would never spank their children. We congratulate our toddlers for blowing their nose (“Good job!”), we friend our teenagers (literally and virtually), we spend hours teaching our elementary-school offspring how to understand their feelings. But, incongruously and with regularity, this is a generation that yells.
I once had to fill out a long form to sign up my daughter for one lousy week of summer child care. I was asked what I did when my child misbehaved. I knew “give a time out” was the correct answer, but in a fit of honesty I wrote: “I yell.”
Let’s get real, folks. Parents yell sometimes. And kids are warped for life, but you’ve got to warp them one way or another.