Liberty Talking Points 0001 – Trust your Kids

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Trust your Kids

This week’s episode is about trusting our kids. As a parent, this can be hard. I personally was treated very poorly as a child and led to believe that this is how kids should be treated. I was taught that kids are incapable of rational thought, shouldn’t be taken seriously and were not deserving of liberty or self-determination. But through my 7 years of raising my son so far, I’ve experimented with taking him seriously, not using violence or even discipline, with negotiating instead of giving orders, with attachment and unconditional parenting and with unschooling. It’s gone incredibly well. Give your kids a chance, expect the best from them, build a bond of tight trust with them and I think they’re going to surprise you!

16 May 2013