Heh–that post title looks like a psychological scale. Heck, there probably is such a scale out there! But I digress. . . as usual I’m reading several books at once. The one that currently has center stage in my reading theater is Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn. I’ve been dissatisfied with my own parenting of late and the dynamics with and between my kiddos and so have been reading. Today I came across a quote by some researchers whose study Kohn was discussing and I wanted to share:
public spending for children is often meager and always surrounded by contention, and it embodies the peculiar conception that children are not valuable as persons in their own right but only for the adults they will grow up to be . . . . The saccharine myth [that] . . . children are [America’s] most precious natural resource has in practice been falsified by our hostility to other people’s children and our unwillingness to support them. (p 98)
I found this fascinating in many levels and was curious as to what others thought about it. I’ve read so many instances of disdain for children in the public domain of late (ex: a woman on one of the listserves to which I subscribe shared that once while flying with her infant the passenger next to her sat down and immediately exclaimed, “Don’t let your baby touch me!”) and I don’t know what to make of it. I’m curious and a bit scared to read what you all might respond, but I also look forward to having more points of view to ponder.