Adultism: A Well-Kept Secret

Adultism is the term used to describe the oppression of young people by adults. An article by John Bell included this definition: “…adultism refers to behaviors and attitudes based on the assumption that adults are better than young people, and entitled to act upon young people without their agreement. This mistreatment is reinforced by social institutions, laws, customs, and attitudes.”

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Monday, December 3, 2007

The New Parenting Paradigm

I spent Thanksgiving at my nephew's house. Lucien is married with two young daughters. His first, Aysha, is a new toddler just learning to talk. His second, Wynn, is 5 months, a smiling Buddha-Baby. While taking a walk around the neighborhood I observed Lucien with Aysha and saw the inception of human empowerment. Lucien saw Aysha as a complete human being despite her young age. He talked to her and respected her opinions about what she wanted. He reacted to her expressions of feeling, and tried to find solutions that worked. Hence, she didn't need to get his attention by acting out. His inherent message was: "You are a unique and cherished person in my life. I support you to get what you want." It was an awesome walk! I have great hope for the new ones coming up who have parents like that.