In Defense of Nice Moms


“Raising kids who don’t turn into (expletives) as adults,” Fenton maintains.

Fair enough. We’ve definitely reached our (expletives) quota here on Earth.

But I think it’s possible to raise good people without being mean to them.

There are a thousand gradations between “mean” and “cool,” and setting them up as an either/or gives parents (and their critics) the impression that you’re either policing your household with an iron fist or you’re delivering Hot Pockets to your kids and their friends while they drink beer in your basement. No in-between.

Among the gradations between mean moms and cool moms? Nice moms.

And nice moms are highly underrated.

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