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“We are in an ever-deepening child-rearing crisis, and we need to wake up!” parenting expert John Rosemond told parents at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church on Sept. 22.
The church invited Rosemond to deliver his “Parenting with Love and Leadership from Tots to Teens,” a three-hour seminar on his common-sense approach to child-rearing. About 40 parents attended the event in the church sanctuary.
Rosemond is also a popular newspaper columnist. His articles run in The Lancaster News, as well as more than 200 publications nationwide.
He explained that while he is a board-certified family psychologist, he does not advocate the psychological worldview. He outlined particular disagreements he has with the behavior modification approach, as well as the emphasis on building high self esteem.
His talk included topics such as stress among today’s mothers, the rise of parenting magazines and books and the increasing disagreement between parenting styles compared to the past.
During the two 90-minute sessions, Rosemond drew from his own experience as a parent and grandparent, as well as memories of his childhood.
“I’m not saying anything your great-grandmother didn’t know,” he said.
His talk emphasized the value of teaching courage, not necessarily confidence, service, and “let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no.’”
“Child-rearing properly done is an act of love for your neighbor,” he said.
Parents Wendi and Ryan Ramadan said the talk reaffirmed their traditional parenting views.
“It’s grassroots basics,” Wendi Ramadan said. “[Coming to the talk] helps cut out everything that clutters your thinking.”
Joan Rhodes attended with her grown daughter, Jennica Shelton, who is raising children ages 4 and 1.
“He’s awesome,” said Rhodes, who raised her own four children. “It’s just common sense.”
Shelton said she and her husband agree on a traditional approach, but she feels like she is in the minority.
“It’s affirming me,” she said of Rosemond’s talk.
Ultimately, the proof is in the pudding, Shelton said, noting that at play dates she can see her approach paying off.
She said it encouraged her to hear Rosemond say “God trusted you with his children, so you can trust your instincts.”