I'm working on blogging at least three times a week and working up to every day Monday through Thursday and once every weekend. However, I'm not there yet. Today is hump day so, I'm going to use the Hump Day Hmm topic from Using My Words. This week's topic is "The Big Pink Elephant--Big cultural issue."
I feel that one of the biggest issues in our culture today is parenting. I feel like good parenting is under attack. Everyone has different styles of parenting. Good parenting entails setting boundaries, communicating with children, and helping kids to grow up and be good, decent members of society. There are many different roads to parenting. I have chosen attachment parenting for the most part. However, I have seen some really great parents who spank their kids. I've seen some really great parents who let their kids "cry it out." Some things that work for one child will not work for another. In some states, spanking in any form is illegal now. If in 15 years, the state of Washington has a high rise in teenage crime it will be because the state put some strong limits on how parents can discipline their children. There are some children who a spank won't phase them at all. There are other kids who one slight swat with an open hand on the bottom will mean a lot.
I'm not saying that beating or abuse is a good thing, but honestly, is it the government's job to tell me how to raise my kids? I want the government out of my house! I don't want the government telling me how to raise my kids, which lightbulbs I have to buy, or what temperature my house can be. Gee Whiz! I want the government out of my parenting and out of my personal business!