Many years ago, the Ann Landers’ advice column which was carried in newspapers across the United States published ’12 rules for raising children’. I came across these recently and have been wondering if these parenting tips are still relevant or not, especially as family life has changed so much.
One thing that is striking is how much more secular families are nowadays. While religion still matters greatly to many people, it is not as fundamentally important for all families as it once was.
Family structures have also changed substantially – moving away from the presumed ‘norm’ of a married heterosexual couple where mum stays home to raise the children, to a more culturally diverse mix with families of varying sizes, same sex parents, blended and one parent families that create new parenting dynamics, challenges and rewards.
Do you think these 12 parenting tips have stood the test of time? Are they relevant to your family?