NewFNP sees plenty of examples of parenting which she hopes to never incorporate into her repertoire.
Friday, February 01, 2008
Most, but not all, involve feeding practices. These include Gatorade or chocolate milk in a baby bottle when a child is 6 months old, Hot Cheetos in the hands of an 18-month old, fast food on a daily basis and tamarind/lead candies from the ice cream truck.
Some "don'ts" involve discipline and behavior modification. Spanking and name calling. NewFNP will take a pass on these. Threatening a child with vaccines if they don't behave. Telling them that a shot won't hurt. NewFNP frowns upon these as well.
Others involve soothing techniques. Feeding a crying child just to stop them from crying is a no-no in newFNP's Theoretical Guide to Child-Rearing.
NewFNP does, however, approve of gently rocking and employing a soothing voice to calm a child after vaccine administration. However, when a mother soothes an infant by lovingly saying, "It's not my fault... they're assholes. Yeah, there there, they're just assholes," newFNP believes that she must modify her approval of the soothing voice technique.
NewFNP hears a fair amount of crazy shit, but she had never heard a parent attempt to calm a crying child by calling clinic staff assholes.
A class act indeed.