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The Idle Parent Manifesto - What Is Idle Parenting?
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The Idle Parent Manifesto  -  What Is Idle Parenting?

So I have just heard on the news about the new Idle Parent Manifesto and this got me extremely curious to find out more and whether or not the Idle Parenting could actually improve your kids behaviour for the better and make kids more self-sufficient and more responsible.

What Is The Idle Parent Manifesto?

This is a new reinvented parenting method that was just recently unearthed and preached by Tom Hodkinson and he wrote a book on the idle parenting.

This Idle Parent Manifesto has started a few heated debates amongst the parents of different cultures and backgrounds, some showing strong support for the idea, and others completely oppose the idea saying that it is completely ignorant and selfish parenting, providing an excuse for lazy parents to spend more time on themselves instead of their kids.

From my personal perspective, I believe that letting your children take more responsibilities at a young age is a great thing, it will teach them to be much more self sufficient, more resourceful and teach your kids to think and fend for themselves, which is a skill that is sadly becoming a thing of the past.

How To Implement The Idle Parenting Methods?

First of all, you must consider the age of your child, some parents try the idle parenting approach right from the word go, when their child is born and letting their child self-soothe by crying self to sleep, which i don't really agree is a good approach but that is up to the parents to make such parenting descision. Being an Idle Parent could have some very negative and possibly dangerous consequences if your child is still at a very young age.

Some of the main points from the Manifesto include things such as;

  • We pledge to leave our children alone
  • We reject the idea that parenting is hard work
  • We drink alcohol without guilt
  • We lie in the bed for as long as possible

You get the drift from those few points I hope. To me, this just sounds like lazy parenting and using the whole idle parenting method to supply yourself with an excuse for your actions, or should I say, Inactions.

I do however partially agree with some of the theory of Idle parenting as far as helping your children learn some life lessons early on for themselves, but it will really matter where do you draw the line and how will you control what lessons your child should learn on their own and where do you step in and guide them.

When your kids are in their teens, Idle Parenting could lead to their demise and your inactions could lead to you having lost complete control of your teens.

I am sure that this Idle Parent Manifesto can be successfully put in to practice, but in my opinion, it would not be my choice of parenting, but I will let you make this descision for yourself and feel free to discuss your opinions openly, it makes all the difference and aids other parents.

Street Talk

john bond  

Absolute madness. How someone could let their very small baby cry and not attend to it, and then say it is teaching the baby self soothing is absolute garbage, lazy people will do anything to avoid responsibilties and then find means to justify them.

  about 7 years ago

Giving responsibility to kids is a great idea but ignoring them is madness.

  about 8 years ago

Interesting article describing something, well - certainly not heard of this!? Seems cruel, that if your kids need help or get in trouble they're expected to act like adults. No matter their age. Hmm.

  about 1 decade ago

I don't like this, KIDS ARE NOT INDEPENDENT. It makes not sense to treat them as such. It is good to develop Independence though. That is the whole purpose of childhood, too much Independence or dependence will leave them emotionally damaged. Find a balance, or better yet actually pay attention to children, they give signs when they are ready to do things, if you watch.

  about 1 decade ago

I completely agree with you Brandon, I don't believe that this Idle Parenting approach is a good way to help your child, it sounds more like something to help parents help themselves.

  about 1 decade ago
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