I don’t know if this is true or not, but it should be.

George Bernard Shaw, I was told tonight, had an opinion on parents showing a good example to their children.  He didn’t agree, as I don’t myself, and he expressed his opinion well.

It’s better to be a horrible warning than a good example.




Essential Parenting Skills

6 thoughts on “Parenting

  1. I’ve thought that too. I think in some cases people go out of their way to avoid being like their parents. And then when they breed it skips a generation and the kids turn into the grandparents.

    Look at the royals – great scholar-poet-warrior begets dissolute waster begets mighty hammer of justice begets weak-chinned conniver and so on.

  2. Well you certainly notice/remember one more than the other. Or at least have more gratitude when they go out of their way to not be horrible.

  3. It’s true enough Bock – the quote is probably paraphrased from Shaw’s Treatise on Parents and Children:

    ‘If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson (which is not at all necessary), hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example.’

    [Gutenberg link]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.