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REVIEW í A Theory of Objectivist Parenting ´ Human beings can relate to one another with either mutual respect and freedom or mutual attempts to control and force Objectivists idealize the former; most of America practices the latter Though Objectivists are fundamentally against relating to their fellow human beings with various methods oHuman beings can relate to one another with either mutual respect and freedom or mutual attempts to control and force Objectivists idealize the former; most of America practices the. I'll start with a disclaimer I probably should never have read this book I don't believe I'm part of the intended audience Somehow it wound up on my reading list because of a detour my wife took while reading about respectful parentingWhy am I not part of the intended audience Because I'm not an Objectivist so I guess you could say the author and I got off to a bad start To be fair to her if you are an Objectivist then you might find some value in what she has to say Just to clarify for anyone else who might be confused this book is meant to be a guide to how to parent if you've adopted that political philosophyHaving said all that I think that politics is a pretty terrible departure point for any theories on parenting It honestly had never occurred to me that I should look at how I should raise my child based on my political persuasions let alone semi obscure political persuasions championed by Ayn Rand extreme libertarians and the far rightAt any rate I don't want to get into assessing the political stance behind this book After all my goal was to learn something about child rearing not to have a political debate Even if you do subscribe to the Objectivist perspective I still think there's plenty to object to hereFor starters all the referencing here is to other Objectivist writers particularly Ayn Rand I don't know if it's intended to masuerade as evidence or support for the arguments but it certainly isn't that What should be cited is support for the assertions from objective see what I did there information data or outcomes The author is mostly regurgitating ideas not offering new ones or supporting the ones she mentioned in any meaningful waySecondly the rant about behaviourism is rather bizarre We are not either rational beings or conditioned animals We are both The human brain is a complex organ and we have capacity both for higher order thinking and for conditioned behaviour Both of these aspects of our minds and behaviour need to be nurtured as we grow upFinally many of her recommendations just fly in the face of good data that is out there I would point interested readers to Brain Rules for Baby where John Medina discusses both how to make a child happy and how to make a child ethical citing actual data and outcomes rather than just someone else's assertions A big component of this is setting rules and boundaries rewarding and punishing Are there better ways to do this than others Of course but to suggest that parents shouldn't do any of this at all is pretty ridiculous Ironically the authors of Objectivism probably had upbringings that included rules boundaries and conditioning yet somehow they still managed to conceive of their philosophyAs it's probably clear by now I would recommend against reading this book to pretty much anyone Even people who support this philosophy would probably be better served to keep their political and developmental reading separate

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Latter Though Objectivists are fundamentally against relating to their fellow human beings with various methods of control bribery threats manipulation slavery many do not hesitate. A great starter for parenting Much focus on the criticism of behaviorism and today's ways of parenting and maybe a tad too little focus on an actual theory of objectivist parenting but overall both thoughtful and informative It could have been longer and given examples but I guess that is for parents to explore as they now have some ground ideas I wish Roslyn Ross could write an even comprehensive book about this topic

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A Theory of Objectivist ParentingTo relate in that way to the young human beings we temporarily refer to as children In this short book Ross examines the contradiction and proposes a theory of Objectivist parentin. Stellar book that with ideas that are simply and clearly communicated I was so influenced by this book that I went on to read Roslyn's blog which I'm still in the process of reading and I have purchased books on her recommended reading listbibliography