So, we’re watching A Christmas Story here today, and when this scene popped up I had to gag… and giggle.
Ladies and gentlemen, the parents in this classic Christmas tale utilize traditional parenting methods, 1940s-style, which, in this film, involves a lot of shame-based consequences including yelling, swearing, and soap in the mouth. Yet one ridiculous scene stands out as a perfect embodiment of therapeutic parenting tactics. It even illustrates the divide many couples face when adopting our special parenting style.
In this scene, the mom uses the 'P' in PACE (playful) to get her son some nourishment, social norms be damned!Click To Tweet
Now, I imagine most of you won’t actually do this during your holiday meals, but you may utilize some other unconventional methods for getting your children’s behavior under control while in the company of others. Perhaps this scene will give you a good laugh and an easy transition into discussing therapeutic parenting and why you use it.
Happy holidays, everyone!