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Let the Kids Run? In Germany Yes

The German Way, one of the expat blogs I follow, has a new post on parenting, schooling, and career training as seen in Germany and the USA: More German than the Germans. It looks at overprotective vs. let the kids run mommies, at career choices made at 21 vs. 15. It is well worth reading.

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debi said…
Christina,
Very good! I guess I'm more German than the Germans (my heritage way-back is German, so...). I like that she said, “Well, this is exactly what they need to learn: how to watch out for each other.”
I'm a firm believer that kids: 1)are allowed to make mistakes, 2)are encouraged to speak to mom of such mistakes without reprimand (if information is volunteered - lying negates generosity), 3)we correct mistakes together, 4)next time the occasion arises to make mistakes, better decisions usually result.
As independent adults now, my kids still make plenty of mistakes, but they understand the consequences and face them head-on. How do they learn this if too protected?
Debi,

Thank you for your comment. Learning to take responsibility - if we could learn that! There'd be no more bail outs...

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