DSM: Re: pre-Sudbury parental conduct

Alan Klein (Alan@klein.net)
Sat, 6 Jan 2001 20:46:06 -0500

Although I can't say I have been 100% successful in keeping this up, my
approach, whether with babies, kids, or adults, is to see my feelings and
thoughts as my own truth and to feel free to express that, but to stay away
from evaluation, unless asked. My goal, then, would not be to say, "Good
job", but rather to say, "I liked that" or something similar.

~Alan Klein
(Father of 23, 21, and 14 year olds and former democratic school staff

----- Original Message -----
From: <cathy@indra.com>

> So how does one treat a baby when one espouses the philosophy of Sudbury?
> Do you clap and say "Good job!" when the baby hits the peg on the head or
> goes potty, or do you just look at them stony-faced? Somewhere in the
> middle, I would think, but what is that? I'm interested in hearing how
> people who have been through this with their own babies have experienced

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