Instead of writing idiotic screeds about their inane psychological problems, people could seek professional help with solving said problems. But that would be the mature thing to do, and that’s out of fashion.


2 thoughts on “Unfashionable”

  1. I didn’t think it was a bad essay; she did a reasonable job showing how the accepted child-rearing wisdom varies over time and across cultures. Maybe I didn’t mind the essay because I really dislike pretend play, too, but I also don’t think that there’s anything wrong with disliking it; I spend plenty of time with my kids doing other stuff.


  2. I thought pretending was one of the more fun aspects of kids. Playing pirates, building forts, taking on other characters and trying to sustain the personalities while doing your regular day, etc., it all seems so creative and makes life more interesting. I’ve taught whole language classes where we we all had to stay in a character not ourselves, respond like that character, etc.


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