How to Raise a Child…10 Rules

William Bouguereau (1825-1905)
Admiration Maternelle [Maternal Admiration]
Oil on canvas, 1869

Some wisdom from Susan Sontag’s Reborn: Journals & Notebooks, 1947–1963

  1. Be consistent.
  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.

via Brain Pickings

3 comments on “How to Raise a Child…10 Rules

  1. Margaret Kelley September 14, 2012 12:25 pm

    I like this a lot. You can apply this to boyfriends, too. 😉

    • Steph September 14, 2012 12:30 pm

      Yeah and husbands…I think #2 is one of my top pet peeves; when couples make fun of each other in a mean way / make the other person feel self conscious.

  2. James Fishwick September 14, 2012 1:19 pm

    He ain’t gonna like washing his hair then, is he?

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