Here are a few snippets for your reading pleasure:
- There is a sensible way of treating children...never hug and kiss them, never let them sit in your lap. If you must, kiss them once on the forehead when they say good night. Shake hands with them in the morning.
- Children should be awakened at 6:30 A.M. for orange juice and a pee. Play 'till 7:30. Breakfast should be at 7:30 sharp; at 8:00 they should be placed on the toilet for twenty minutes or less 'til bowel movement is complete. Then follow up with a verbal report. The child would then play indoors 'till 10 A.M., after 10:00 outside, a short nap after lunch, then "social play" with others. In the evening a bath, quiet play until bedtime at 8:00 sharp.
- Won't you then remember, when you are tempted to pet your child, that mother love is a dangerous instrument? An instrument which may inflict a never-healing wound, a wound which may make infancy unhappy, adolescence a nightmare, an instrument which may wreck your adult son or daughter's vocational future and their chances for marital happiness.
Even worse...he concluded that mothers that smothered their babies with love did so for sexual reasons. His reasoning was, why else would mothers kiss their children on the lips? He insisted that excessive affection would make children forever dependent and emotionally unstable. ::rolls eyes::
Sadly, Watson's harsh parenting style resulted in depressed and unstable children of his own. Two of the four attempted suicide multiple times during adulthood (one succeeded).
I think I will strive to do the opposite of everything that this sad excuse for a human being recommended. No waking up Carina at 6:30 AM for orange juice and a pee. I think she will be grateful. ;)