Ok...this has nothing, whatsoever, to do with jewelry making, but I came across an interesting article on parenting, here. The title, "Have American Parents Got It All Backward?" was intriguing. Don't get me wrong, I am SO not an America-basher, and I don't agree with everything the author wrote but, it's an interesting article. I think that, somehow, our culture has promoted a helicopter style of parenting that doesn't benefit our kids, one bit.
As the mom of boys, I watched as they constantly did things I considered risky, silly, unwise and downright dangerous. The key being I considered them dangerous. No one else in my household...Wife Whisperer, Number 1 or Number 2...gave it a second thought.
So...I had to look the other way. A lot. Wife Whisperer demanded it. The boys demanded it. I wasn't allowed to hover or fuss. Much. They shot potato guns, wrestled in the house, threw rocks at each other and participated in countless other activities that were not mom-approved. And guess what...it was ok. I'm pleased to say that both boys turned out to be independent, reliable, honest and hard working. No one cut off a finger or lost an eye. In fact I seem to be the only one who suffered any ill consequences from their antics...a few grey hairs and extra worry lines.
But that's part of being a mom...right?