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Facebook wisdom says… I say…

Sometimes, I think I’m the “anti-attachment parent.”  But there’s some real drivel out there, isn’t there???  So here’s the “wisdom” going around on facebook this evening:

“Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what.  If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.”  - Catherine M. Wallace

These comments are from the 121 commenters who mostly adore with this quote, eagerly, as it were:

  • So true!
  • Oh my this is wonderful
  • Wonderful advice 4 sure:))
  • I have to borrow this... it is way to true to pass by.
  • so true....always listened to my kids!
  • Now that's somethin to think about
  • AMEN.
  • It is a wonderful feeling knowing that my sons have been able to talk with me their entire lives. I say we grew up together! I was a young mom & my sons are close in age! We are truly Blessed
  • So true!!

Only one smart person – and it wasn’t me – piped up,

  • Cute, but unrealistic. They won't tell you the big stuff when they're grown, unless there's no way around it..8^}

And here’s my curmudgeonly knee-jerk reaction, which I didn’t post – I saved it for you guys, right here and now:

  • Actually, it's not going to kill our kids, or even scar them, or make them hate us, to say, "wait a second."  Listen eagerly, yes, but don't let them interrupt OR believe that they are the centre of the universe.  These eager moments are indeed precious, fleeting and few… but so are the opportunities to build their character.

What do YOU think?  Why does this quote alarm me the way it does???