On Child Misbehavior II

“Misbehavior” is actually just a euphemism for “behavior that I subjectively find inappropriate or that makes me uncomfortable.” A newborn’s crying is as valid a target of being characterized as “misbehavior” as is a child running around screaming in a library. Would spanking the newborn be an appropriate response? No? Why not? Smart answer: because the newborn’s crying is a symptom of an unmet need, the appropriate response being to meet the need. Is that any less true for the child? I doubt it. And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.