After the Time Magazine cover story, “Are You Mom Enough?,” the age-old parenting debate gained new momentum. The topic of child rearing awakens powerful feelings and memories, and how we raise our kids touches ground within our collective conscience.
On his website, Anderson Cooper poses the question,”Are you an unconventional parent?” Initially, the question confused me. What is unconventional? Is it the millions-of-years-old, affectionate, closeness-seeking child rearing? Or is it the less-than-hundred-years-old stimuli-response based non-affectionate style? And, more importantly, whose advice should we follow?
To choose between these two methods, we must understand their differences and their theoretical backgrounds.
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