October 31, 2002
The “Natural Method” of Childraising as an Example of the Ways of Relating Perspective and the Relational Principle
SECTIONS (& perhaps subsections):
I What the method is –
A Brief description; basic perspective / philosophy
B History / origins
C Current usage
[From this point on, the essay shows how the natural method in an inherent part of the ways of relating perspective – what the ways of relating perspective looks like when applied to child-raising.]
II Takes the child’s interests fully (i.e., equally) into account
III After doing so, you (the parent; usually the mother) try to satisfy them as best you can.
IV Making the final decision as an example of the 2nd-order criteria.
V Trust in the parent is the first experience of the benign universe.
VI The fundamental importance of this raising for the child’s entire life.
VII Objections to it:
A “Creates dependence on the mother.”
B “Doesn’t ready the child for the realities of life, which is harsh, cruel, and indifferent to their interests.”
C I’m sure there are other objections unknown to me. I want to give the full range of them.
I Title of First Section