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Connective Parenting asks: When It Comes to Mass Shootings—What About Parenting?
Date:1/15/2013

Peterborough, NH (PRWEB) January 15, 2013

Perhaps the only silver lining to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary is an emerging and hopefully transformative conversation about gun control and mental health.

But, what about parenting? It falls under the heading of mental health, yet the conversation stops at disorders, dysfunctions, and diagnoses. How the culture supports child-rearing is the most fundamental of mental health issues, but no one wants to talk about it.

American parents believe in their right to treat their children however they want. But society suffers when what parents want stems from their own dysfunctions. Making children feel worse so they will behave better does not work, claims Harris. Punishments and harsh treatment can leave emotional scars.

Children are emotionally harmed by the very techniques touted by the parenting culture as necessary to raise responsible children:

  •      punishments
  •      blame
  •      threats
  •      isolation
  •      bullying
  •      hitting
  •      name-calling
  •      arbitrary “consequences”

Children take emotional scars out on someone, mostly themselves, says Harris. Sensitive children are most at risk. Children with a diagnosis may be the most frustrating to parent but also the most in need of calm, nurturing, firm, and consistent care. Children like the ones who ended up behind a gun.

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