Which parenting style is Taking Children Seriously? Authoritarian, authoritative, permissive, or uninvolved?
If children are people just like adults, why should we treat our children any differently from how we treat adults?
If we are fallible and not omniscient, surely it is exaggerating to say it is always possible to solve problems without coercion?
At what age should children first leave the house on their own, visit their friend next door on their own, go to the cinema on their own, hitchhike from coast to coast on their own, etc.?
If my five-year-old were allowed to open the garden gate, she would be off wandering all over the neighbourhood and might be run over or kidnapped or murdered etc.
Surely it is not coercive to have a rule that whenever our child goes out, he must first tell us where he is going and for how long? What about being a responsible parent?!
Our 15-year-old wants to hitchhike to Outer Mongolia by herself. We think she is not yet “street-wise” enough. What should we do?
How can we express approval when our children do something good without manipulating them by implying that we would disapprove if they had made a different choice?
What is the relationship between Karl Popper’s epistemology, the ideas of David Deutsch and Taking Children Seriously?
What ages is Taking Children Seriously most powerful for, or how does its value change with age? When is it almost too late?
How can I drop the anti-rational part of my mind that interferes with me taking my children seriously?
Isn’t taking children seriously a risky experiment with children? Is there any evidence that it works? Has it been studied?
Unless we get children to try different things, how will they ever learn which things are fun and which are not fun?
Surely it is cruel to force people to live with the consequences of the ideas and preferences they had when they were children?
Will a child not made to do chores ever develop a work ethic? And if not, how will they ever have a good life?
Sarah Fitz-Claridge, ‘Taking Children Seriously FAQ (answers to frequently-asked questions)’, https://www.takingchildrenseriously.com/faq/