ERIC Number: ED466309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Parenting after September 11, 2001.
Peter, Val J.
Many mothers and fathers are parenting differently since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This booklet describes how parents are discovering new ways to strengthen and build upon their relationships with their children and provides advice to parents on how to help their children grow closer to them, to become caring and sharing people, to resist clever advertising, and to love their country. The booklet emphasizes that advertising coaches children to manipulate parents' feelings and that parents need to control their own feelings and teach their children about self-control, empathy, moderation, and charity. The fun of parenting is highlighted and five essential components of the parenting role are discussed: teaching skills, inculcating values, teaching self-discipline, engaging in play, and passing on a sense of "eternal purpose." The importance of teaching friendship skills is also explored. The booklet then details eight lessons in child rearing: (1) children will love their parents no matter what they do; (2) children of all ages want to be parented through structure and rules; (3) children want parents to be parents, not friends or buddies; (4) parents should realize that it is natural to nurture and raise their children and that it is rewarding; (5) children's emotional responses will mirror those of their parents; (6) if parents share their happiness and sadness with their child, their child will share their happiness and sadness with the parents; (7) parents need to share more positives with their children than negatives; and (8) parents should give gifts to their children out of love for their child and not out of guilt. Included are suggestions for "hands-on" parenting of adolescents and compelling descriptions of some fathers killed on September 11, 2001. (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Advertising, Change Strategies, Child Rearing, Child Role, Childhood Needs, Children, Discipline, Emotional Development, Emotional Response, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Role, Parenting Styles, Terrorism, Values Education
Boys Town Press, Father Flanagan's Boys' Home, Boys Town, NE 68010 (Item No. B19-017: $5.95). Tel: 800-282-6657 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.girlsandboystown.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Father Flanagan's Boys' Home, Boys Town, NE.