Blair Selby is currently 'a parent in training' by her preschooler. In her former life, she taught preschool; facilitated parenting groups; and sometimes even slept in.
Remy Agee, 'Gam ' and 'Grandma', a GRAND featured columnist on school readiness, continues to learn about life and this amazing world from her five grandchildren and about today's parenting from their parents.
The Issue: Billy Crystal and Bette Midler did it! Battled with generational child-rearing clashes in their recent movie, “Parental Guidance”. While the movie puts a humorous face on the whole issue, viewers can empathize with the grandparents feeling overwhelmed and just plain lost.
Their daughter (played by Marissa Tomei) corrected them on their language. “No”, she instructed, should be replaced with “Consider the consequences”. Instead of saying “Don’t”, she advised them to say, “Maybe you should do this”. Makes me feel as if I need Google translation to understand today’s parenting language!
At times, it was over-the-top; at times, touching. And in true Hollywood style, everything turned out happily ever after. Still, the movie did a fairly good job of highlighting how much parenting has changed in language and approach.
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