August 22, 2014

Don’t you dare ‘parentify’ your child, you monster! [Darleen Click]

After a mom was arrested because she let her 7 year old play at a nearby park without her, psychotherapist Karen Ruskin was asked to weigh in.

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First off, Ruskin’s tone runs almost hysterical in her rant that children should never be left alone for any moment of their lives until, maybe, 11/12/13 years old … and then, only inside the home and only in “short spurts”, like maybe 30 minutes or so.

If the environment in which you leave your child isn’t “safe and predictable”, you’re abdicating your parental responsibilities; you are expecting your child to assume some of these responsibilities for themselves in an act of “parentification”.

Um, I thought the whole purpose of parenting was to give ever increasing responsibilities to your child in order for them to grow into adulthood? Silly, [criminal] me!

Ruskin aggressively asserts that not wrapping your kids in a cloak of smothering, 24/7, direct supervision equals “not caring.”

I want to know if she, herself, is in current therapy. If not, why the hell not?

h/t Free range kids

Posted by Darleen @ 11:02am
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  1. The idea is to keep us from rearing self-reliant children. The worthies believe its better that their activities be orchestrated and monitored, preferably by government experts. How else will they be able to let nine year olds know that they’re “gay,” unless the “proper” people with college training are in charge of their actual upbringing. Also, they may become conservatives, and we can’t have that.

  2. Psychotherapist, huh? Not a pyschologist or a pyschiatrist? Is that like a forensic pathologist assistant?

  3. At what age is it ok to leave your child alone at the playground?

    Depends on whether the playground is potentially in reach of Hamas rocket and mortar fire, no?

  4. I was left alone many times as a kid and IIRC only started one fire and I put it out myself.

  5. The idea is to keep us from rearing self-reliant children.

    I think the idea is to limit the number of adults in the electorate, but we may be splitting hairs.

  6. you have to remember that cable news is for retards

    this is very good advice for retards

  7. oh wait that’s not even cable news that’s just some random local thing

  8. Increasingly, local TV news operations are the farm team for cable news.

  9. and boom goes that dynamite

  10. Greetings:

    What was once “It takes a village to raise a child>” seems to be quickly becoming “It takes a Borg to raise a child.”.

  11. This women treats kids who are at risk. Not exactly a representative sample of kiddos nationwide.

  12. Shermlaw wrote: The idea is to keep us from rearing self-reliant children. The worthies believe its better that their activities be orchestrated and monitored, preferably by government experts….

    This way, they’ll just march into the gas chambers when they’re told to, with no backtalk.

  13. Seems to me, Leigh, the kids she ‘treats’ are just as at as much risk with her as they are when they’re not.

    Are we not Kids?…We are DEVO.

  14. She’s probably more of a social worker, some chick with an MSW. They all think since they’re risen to the top of their POS field, that it gives them a platform to pontificate. These are the same folks who think reunification of the family is a worthy goal.

    Ya know, after Dad gets out of jail for playing that tickle game with the kids down the street.

    So, your assessment is spot on, Bob. Good show!

  15. I can remember getting kicked out the door at 7 and being told to ‘go play’. Mom wouldn’t know whose house we were at or if we were playing in the woods. All it would take was one mom in the neighborhood to ring the ‘bell’ and everyone went home. That was 40+ years ago though.

  16. > All it would take was one mom in the neighborhood to ring the ‘bell’ and everyone went home.<

    that's called the "civil society". no gov't needed.

  17. I can’t think of an MSW degree without thinking of the myriad different side meanings of “social.” Like, “-disease.”

    If you get a social disease from a social worker…?

  18. It’s been my experience that kids are individuals, much like everyone else.

    I mean there are ten year olds I know that I would be comfortable letting babysit a two year old, and there are eighteen year olds I wouldn’t trust to pick up a pack of Swisher Sweets at the corner market.

    It depends on the kid, is what I’m say’in…

  19. I think you got it right, Leigh. God sent us Social Workers to punish us.

  20. Any fool can become a “psychotherapist”, not to mention nut cases. In fact, it’s an ancient college joke that psych majors tend to be crazy. And to combine foolish and crazy, I have had conversations with psychotherapists who used astrology and auras and who believed in past life regression.

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