Worthwhile Reads: Parenting Articles

Latebloomer offers a list of “Parenting Articles Worth Sharing,” and one of my own articles made her list!

Anger Is Not a Sin, on Rachel Held Evans

During the early years, however, Jose and I practiced a parenting style consistent with what we were learning in church—negative emotions were “bad” and somehow needed to be avoided or at least taken care of quick. For our kids, this looked like being mad at them for being mad (yes, I get the irony).  Things like “Go to your room if you are angry and come out when you’re happy again!” “Stop crying now!” and “You need to change your attitude right this minute!” flowed freely from our lips.

Um, YES. I’ve read some good stuff written by people with similar backgrounds to mine about teachings on emotions – especially on “happy” being the only acceptable emotion – and one of these days I’ll get around to blogging on that topic myself. Because it’s important.

Also, Authentic Parenting offers a list of “Seven Tips to Avoid Conflict at Family Get-Togethers.” This list is geared toward dealing with people who think your parenting is batshit insane, but I actually think the tips also work well in general for those in situations like mine.

About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • http://positiveparentingconnection.net Ariadne

    Hi! Thank you for sharing the article I wrote for authentic parenting on the tips for dealing with family conflict. I just read another one of you posts on parenting not being a competition, it is really wonderful. I would love to share your voice on either Authentic Parenting (where I am the co-author) or on Positive Parenting Connection, my own site. Please email me if you are interested in doing a guest post with either or both!!

  • kisekileia

    I would describe my family as moderate evangelical–definitely not fundamentalist–but they still have a very strong “put on a happy face” attitude. I was frequently criticized as a child–and STILL get criticized as adult–for being too “critical”, “negative”, and “cynical”. However, people with no evangelical background generally don’t consider me to have those traits, and express surprise at hearing that my family describes me that way.


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