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On the subject of parenting, discipline is a word people like to throw around. Some even seem to brag about it. You might have seen different but I've seen firsthand too many cases of disciplinarian parents and the disastrous results of their methods many years later.

Fact is even when I was a kid, I never felt like a kid. The adults I respected were the ones who didn't treat me like a kid but as an equal because I felt simply like another human being. They listened to what I had to say, and in return I listened to what they had to say as well. There is no magic trick, only long-term relationships built on sustained patience and trust. In short, Mr. Rogers was right all along.

I suspect in the need to discipline for a quick fix, too many adults end up beating any creativity and genius out of children. I like old school music but when it comes to old school parenting, no thanks.

Personally, I believe job one for me as a parent is to support. If I'm not supporting my children, I'm failing at my one job. It takes a lot of time and it's often difficult. Friends -- whether they are family members, coworkers, or even strangers -- are the ones who support you in life's many situations. To have good friends, it would be a good idea to be one too.


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