Those who claim that parents who follow the advice in John Rosemond’s column will do terrible damage to their children always seem to have one thing in common; even though he’s been writing his syndicated column for 40 years, they never claim to know any adults whose childhoods were ruined by his teachings. Maybe they’re jealous of those parents who actually got respect from their kids when they were little — plus friendship from the kids after they’d left home for good?
Also, he has said often that he is not the anti-Dr. Spock and that Spock got a bad rap. He said the reason Spock didn’t talk much about discipline in his 1946 book “Baby and Child Care” is that in 1946, parents actually agreed on how to discipline children — and Spock didn’t disagree, by and large! (One source says that even conservatives didn’t dislike Spock until he came out against the Vietnam War, decades later. That’s telling.)
If Rosemond is not sentimental, neither is Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners, and they overlap at least 90 percent of the time as well. Why doesn’t she get attacked too?