by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy -Tomato-Head Kids
Editor’s note: If there is one thing that Michael Pearl is expert at it’s coming up with new insulting names for children and claiming that most parents are doing a crappy job raising their children. This is more of the same. Who doesn’t interact with their children?
It is easy to recognize when a child has had significant interaction with his parents. His eyes are bright and alive with the pleasure of everything happening around him.
He is always “in the way,” not wanting to be left out of anything interesting—and everything is interesting! He is full of meaningful questions and expects an intelligent answer. On the other hand, children who have been raised by cartoons and computer games, and are relegated to the out-of-the-way back bedrooms filled with toys and music, are dull and unresponsive. They lack interest and generally seem to have a lower IQ than children of interactive parents. The shoved-aside, “come back when you grow up” children, are raised like greenhouse tomatoes, and have about as much personality as the tomato has flavor. The dull stare, the lack of interest in what visiting adults are talking about or doing, the wandering off to sit and play with toys, and the general “I mind my own business” attitude is obvious, even though in varying degrees. Of course, personalities differ, but when a very young child is constantly provoked into thinking and interacting with his parents, it becomes obvious that his understanding exceeds that of his greenhouse peers.
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