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Avoid reverence in parenting

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A young mother who identified herself as a practitioner of “attachment parenting”  recently told me that “children should be approached with reverence.” If the rest of my conversation with her was indication, I don’t think she used those words loosely.

Full disclosure: I do not believe any human being of any age, no matter his or her station in life, is worthy of being approached with reverence. Respect, yes. Admiration, yes. Reverence, no.

I told her I disagreed. Adults should not make idols of children. That helps no one, especially the children in question. I proposed instead that adults should approach children with compassion, love and respect. She didn’t think there was a difference, but the difference is night and day.

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