Every now and then we need a spoof…Right?
Well, this one is good.
Of course, like Dr. Sears, I can only offer “Tools. Not rules.” And each family is so different. But what’s great about DP is you can adjust the levels of benign neglect to suit your own family’s needs.
If we are all just a bit honest we just might agree that “benign neglect” has its place in the world of parenting.
What does DP or BNP (Benign Neglect Parenting) look like on any given day in your house.?
I have to stretch my brain to remember back when my now adult girls were little ones, and my house was more chaotic than it is now as a caregiving grandparent.
Here goes my valiant effort to remember…
- My rule of thumb was that if my kids were screaming I did not intervene, unless I heard a blood curdling scream or one of my kids was actually bleeding. Unfortunately, my husband did not necessarily have the same rule nor could he tolerate the level of screaming that I was accustomed to on a daily basis.
- I remember not getting too upset about accidents unless there were serious injuries…my work in pediatric nursing blunted me to small bumps and scratches. I acknowledged to my children that small injuries were uncomfortable and painful but they would get better with little or no attention paid to them…no surprise, they always did!
- We did not co-sleep…it was not too popular “back in the day” anyways!
- We did not baby wear…at all…I had never heard of such a thing…but then again Dr. Sears was nowhere around at the time.