If you’re not reading Stuart Schneiderman’s excellent blog, Had Enough Therapy?, you should be.

Today he doesn’t even have to attack “childism” — the preposterous notion that children are unfairly oppressed — because the New York Times does it for him.

Until taught to do so, kids can’t dress themselves, control their emotions, or distinguish between concepts like ‘today’ and ‘tomorrow.’ They are, by nature, ‘unreasonable and selfish,’ in the words of Thomas Phelan, author of the parenting classic 1-2-3 Magic. ‘Inferior,’ in fact, seems like a fair word to describe them. Perhaps Young-Bruehl’s got it the wrong way around. Only by seeing themselves for what they are—older and wiser, superior to their offspring—can parents begin to do the job right.

Read the Whole Thing.


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