Friday, 13 July 2012

Raising A Mensch - A Human Being

"I’m not opposed to a child being polite or neat or learned. The crucial question for me is: What methods have been used to accomplish these ends? If the methods used are insults, attacks, and threats, then we can be very sure that we have also taught this child to insult, to attack, to threaten, and to comply when threatened.

“If, on the other hand, we use methods that are humane, then we’ve taught something much more important than series of isolated virtues. We’ve shown the child how to be a person – a mensch, a human being who can conduct his life with strength and dignity.”…

“Liberated Parents, Liberated Children – Your Guide to a Happier Family” by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

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