Unconditional Positive Regard and Parenting
by Meg Ferris, SEL
David Elliott recently recommended a column by David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times, about parents, love and merit.
While I admire Brooks, and enjoyed “Love & Merit,” I was surprised to realize it was not exactly helpful to me as a parent. Brooks speaks to the dangers of conditioned love, which is an important warning. He describes well what meritocratic love can look like and why it is corrosive. Yet, his discourse on unconditional love is so spare that it amounts to “be good.” Read more...
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