Tuesday, 26 February 2013

How to raise a child

Susan Sontag wrote her ten rules for raising a child in 1959. They are as follows:
 

1. Be consitent
2.  Don’t speak about him to others (e.g., tell funny things) in his presence. (Don’t make him self-conscious.)
3. Don’t praise him for something I wouldn’t always accept as good.
4.Don’t reprimand him harshly for something he’s been allowed to do.
5. Daily routine: eating, homework, bath, teeth, room, story, bed.
6. Don’t allow him to monopolize me when I am with other people.
7. Always speak well of his pop. (No faces, sighs, impatience, etc.)
8. Do not discourage childish fantasies.
9. Make him aware that there is a grown-up world that’s none of his business.
10. Don’t assume that what I don’t like to do (bath, hairwash) he won’t like either.
 
I love Susan's emphasis on protecting childishness itself. I want to keep my children children for as long as I possibly can, we can be so insistent on them growing up too fast in the UK.
 
What are your rules for raising children?
 
Image via The Telegraph

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