Monday, August 08, 2011

The limited value of shock therapy

All of us who are serious parents, or students of parenting, know its value.  Noni Hazelhurst reminded us only last night on Qanda that shock therapy should be in the tool box for parents (hear, hear!).
The problem as Plibersek found out last week on the same program ,(especially when you try to solve all the worlds problems all at once)is that shock therapy  has limited value; It  should not be used as a quick fix; We must use it with care ( no coincidence that its a mother whose allowed to swear here!  But think of all the real dictators through history and now outside our homes who made their job easier by using it ) ;
Fact is , we as a generation are a real woosy lot and we are tempted to use it in reaction  to our slackness .

The West is founded and kept going on the twin beauties of reason and reasonability.After you get angry,  you need to be more reasonable( and you need to check the reasons for your anger ). Politicians running around talking about something they don't understand is not reasonable . Qanda goes down YET again in another dumbing down by talking about science but not having scientists ( a most reasonable lot ) helping to avoid very embarrassing moments where people get wound up for no apparent reason.
Mothers of course are excused - it is clear they have put forward many ,many reasons and many times and in all places been quite reasonable  before they let fly . Hear hear to mothers shock therapy-(- after all the target is not moving and that's usually part of the problem. )


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