Rule 5: Don’t let your kids do anything that would make you dislike them

  • Children cannot be sheltered from fear and pain. It is a part of life. Hiding the unpleasant parts of life is short-changing them of meaningful experiences that help them survive later in life.
  • Discipline and punishment. Even by Peterson’s own admission, these are sensitive topics to discuss. But these must be used appropriately. Behaviors do not change for the better on their own. Parents play an integral role.
  • Children should be taught to balance societal compliance with persistence and the willingness to voice opposition should the need arise. The former for the purposes of being pleasant to be around. The latter to stand up to immoral and unethical behaviors or actions.

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