Changing Parenting Styles

Megan McArdel notes a discussion about changing parenting styles. I think it is obvious this is true, even among those who claim “traditional” discipline models. But I think McArdel may be onto something with this observation about the claim that modern approaches are better:

I wonder, however, if “better” is quite the right word.  It seems to me that what parents have discovered is a much, much more intensive form of parenting than their grandparents employed.  The elaborate charts and systems of incentives are enabled by the fact that modern children are effectively monitored by adults every waking hour until they become quite old

The increased amount of time parents have to invest in their children (and to regulate their entire life) makes this style possible. What this means I’m not entirely sure.


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