Thanks for visiting Rock n’ Roll Dad! My name is Miguel and let me state for the record – I am not a parenting expert nor have I received any accreditation in the study of parental philosophies or practices. What I am is a father of a very spirited 9-year-old son and a husband (of 13 years) to my high school sweetheart. Like the majority of fathers out there, I’m making this up as I go along. And, I’m hoping that what I’ve learned through my follies may help others (if only to let them know that they are not alone in their mistakes). I’ve always been a hands-on individual who is more than willing to get their palms muddied in the efforts of fighting the good fight.
My Approach to Parenting
I believe that we can learn a lot from the methods applied by past generations. Our parents may have had a more stern stance in the manners of discipline, parental borders, and restrictions. But, inventive ass-whoopings aside, they also had a strong focus on creating productive and contributing members of society with a strong work ethic and a sense of principle. Sure, could I have done without the constant threat of “being removed from the earth from which I was born”? Perhaps. Could I have benefited from the occasional “time-out” in lieu of an all-out ground assault? Likely. But what I was able to retain, once I had regained consciousness, was that there was a clear line that separated parent from guardian and authority from friend.
That being said; I’m also an avid subscriber to modern approaches to parenting. I wholeheartedly feel that nurturing our children to be individuals is every bit as important as the disciplines scared into us by our parents. Why would we raise our child(ren) in an identical manner that we were if times have changed?