Whenever we discuss parenting practices, we often draw from personal experiences on how we were raised and how we turned out, then based on those recollections, since it was effective for us, then the same can be applied to next generations producing the same effect.
However, Justin Coulson, an Australian parenting expert argues the opposite:
The “I turned out just fine” argument is popular. It means that based on our personal experience we know what works and what doesn’t.
But the argument has fatal flaws.
Sure enough, one principle or practice in child-rearing may not apply to all cases. The same goes for every other thing in the world. There are other ways that may work for other people depending on the situation and context.
And since we're talking about children here, living, breathing human beings who can feel, think, perhaps not rationally most of the time, but still every experience they have has an impact on their lives.
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