Just out of curiosity- how many of you actually HAVE kids? Some of your comments make me (a battle hardened single mom of two) chuckle. Good points all, but until you are faced with the actual situations, the actual job of parenthood, you don't truly know what it takes.
Completely agree. Its a job that you don't need to pass an interview to get. It gets handed to you. Its amazing how many of these books on child rearing are written by people who never have had kids :D
At the same time, it doesn't mean that you can't have an opinion on the subject -- not that I think you're saying that, just that some people go to that other extreme.
Yeah, it's true that while some experience of having actual kids is needed in having a well-founded opinion on how to handle kids.... that doesn't mean that any childless person is a total moron when it comes to kids.
for example, some people may never had given birth but has experience in handling kids though being a Nanny, a 24 hour on-call babysitter, etc.....
and though those experiences of taking care of others' kids, a lot of people can realize how difficult it can be to take care of kids, and which methods might work and which methods won't.
And even if a person has never taken care of a child in his/her life, sometimes they can still recognize the fact that a parent is going overboard in discipling their kids. various bruising on the body from time to time, for instance, is a clear sign of abuse even though some of those so called "parents" might delude themselves in thinking it's just discipline. And that's when that person needs to step in by his/her chosen method in a attempt to stop such abuse.
And in a less dramatic situation, that same person could still easily recognize that a parents' methods of discipline is not just working at all if the kid is running wild all over the place, rude, and demanding of things he/she can't.