October 25th, 2006

Parental Coaching


Do you have some misbehaving children, and $1,200 to burn per day? Then parenting coaching is for you!

The JBS raises an interesting point, regarding the included video:

Their home is huge and luxurious. The mother is fashionably gaunt, with chiseled features suggestive of cosmetic surgery; she also very obviously spends a lot of time in both a gym and a hair salon. The couple is obviously well-off, since they can afford to spend $1,200 a day (an amount comparable to a bi-weekly paycheck for many breadwinners with a family of four) to retain the services of a “parent coach.”

It’s worth asking this question: Has this couple sacrificed time and energy their kids need in order to maintain an excessively extravagant standard of living? Hey, I’m just asking. They obviously can’t claim that penury dictates farming the kids out to the care of rented strangers, as many struggling couples are forced to.

I grew up around kids whose parents were extremely wealthy. These kids seemingly learned nothing of responsibility, hard work, sacrifice, and frugality. They would wreck their car, and the next week would have a new one. The parents shirked their responsibility of actually parenting so that they could pull 70 hour workweeks and a few rounds of golf.

The Family: A Proclamation to the World states:

We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

I wish that more parents would taken an active role in raising their children. Sending them off to daycare and babysitters so as to bypass responsibility and put other priorities first is, in my opinion, detrimental to the growth of such children and the bonding relationship between them and their parents.

Wisely did George Bernard Shaw say: “Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to this country and to mankind is to bring up a family.”

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