I just googled Dr. Dobson and found him on Wikipedia. Now, I usually blow off Wikipedia after the disgust that my professors always had for it. But I thought I'd see what it had to say.
They had a short section on what his views are on discipline. He agrees with spanking--so remind me to never buy his book on Discipline.
but get this quote that Wikipedia showed. It was about whether there should be a limit on how long a child should cry after being punished:
Yes, I believe there should be a limit. As long as the tears represent a genuine release of emotion, they should be permitted to fall. But crying quickly changes from inner sobbing to an expression of protest... Real crying usually lasts two minutes or less but may continue for five. After that point, the child is merely complaining, and the change can be recognized in the tone and intensity of his voice. I would require him to stop the protest crying, usually by offering him a little more of whatever caused the original tears. (emphasis added)
ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!?!?!
You're going to "give him a little more" of what caused the tears in the first place to make him stop crying?!
I'm not sure I should even read this other book. That is just an idiotic statement. I'm just sitting here shaking my head.
Oh, another head-shaker. This evening on fb a girl I went to school with had it on her status that her baby was eating some kind of solid food (peaches, maybe?) He is...get this...5 weeks old!!!!!!! He's already been on rice cereal "and is doing well."
I wasn't the first person to comment on. I didnt say much, just that dont get frustrated if he seems to spit out a lot of it since babies under 6 mos have a strong tongue thrust reflex. I didnt say what I was thinking "Are you stupid? You're giving your 5 wk old baby solids? Who the heck told you that was the right thing to do? "
but I didnt have to ask. Someone else made a comment about how it wasnt smart to do that and she replied "My mom was giving us this stuff when we were this age and we all did well.." and some other weird comment.
The whole "doing it cos thats how my parents did it" irritates me. Just like the spanking thing. How about people think for themselves with raising their kids instead of relying on what may (or may not!) have been the norm 20+ years ago.
and I thought tonight was going to be a vent-free blogging night.