Originally Posted by veganmamma
...How would you feel if your husband took the remote away from you and told you no, he didn't want to watch another channel, or he didn't want you to experiment with the buttons?...
I am an authority figure to my child, I'm not afraid or ashamed of that. I think he counts on me for that. Not through corporal punishment, not through yelling, not through manipulation, but through consistancy and reasonable rules that reflect my families values and the needs of my child, not his desires but his needs.
But, and this is so important, how I handled things like access to the remote with my son would not be appropriate with every child. I think the path for GD is long (18+ years) and wide. Its one thing to say "Breastfeeding is best", it's quite another to say "If you don't hand over the remote control to your crying child, you are not respecting your child's personhood." I can see drawing those firm lines if we were talking about TCS, but with GD? No, I don't see GD that way.