*How research for a light-hearted topic, led to an aha discovery of parenting slaves.
How many parents approach to parenting is awfully close to both slavery and bullying...mine too....
Sound bites on how kids feel about this.
Beliefs on how all men (including kids) are created equal to choose and be led, rather than decided for and commanded.
What started out as some research for a light-hearted episode on kids saying the darndest things, led to an interesting and insightful video of kids describing slavery, what it looks like, and why it's "bad". This quickly got me to thinking how modern parenting techniques actually fit the definitions the kids and dictionaries were giving of slavery.
By definition, slavery is a system under which people are treated as property and forced to work. Slaves can be held agains their will from the time of birth and deprived the rights to leave, to refuse to work, or demand compensation.
As I listened to these kiddos describing literal slavery and I coupled that to the authentic definition, I couldn't help but think that we treat our kids like slaves in many cases.
Okay, no money transfer is present (in most cases...heh) but the similarities were striking. Are we slaving out kids?