Bespoke Mama discusses what childism is and examples of childism in everyday parenting.
As a society, we are hugely triggered by any suggestion that we relinquish control over any aspect of our children’s lives.
But that’s just it. It’s my child’s life I am trying to control, not my own. By definition, it’s not mine to control.
Even the phrase ‘my child’ has been corrupted. My son is my child only in the way that my brother is my brother. He’s not mine in the sense of ownership, only relationally. But if we don’t respect this nuance, it opens the way for ‘Oh he’s my child and I’ll do what I like with him’.