Children are born as individuals. If we fail to see that, if we see them as clay to be molded in any shape we like, the tougher ones will fight back and end up spiteful and wild, while the less strong will lose that uniqueness they were born with. -Melvin Konner
How do you feel about this quote?
Were you the tough child Dr Donner describes? As a result, did you become wild?
Did you rebel as a teen? Now that you are grown can you look back and determine the reason for your rebellious behaviors? In other words, what were you looking for?
Were you the less strong kind of personality and do you feel like your uniqueness was lost?
Have you started to regain these qualities that were molded out of you?
If you are dealing with a rebellious teen, does this quote make you think a little differently about the child's actions or behaviors?
Have you read any of Melvin Konner's books, newspaper columns or essays? If so, please share your opinions on them.
I look forward to hearing your responses!