Originally Posted by jekyl_hyde
you're clueless. have you tried to teach a toddler to talk? how about write? what about potty training. go sit in the back of the classroom and pay attention to the teacher in school. you're definitely proving you lack any parental skills or understanding of parenting what-so-ever.
No sir, you're proving that you're an incompetent fuck of a parent AND you can't tell the difference between minor punishment to teach a lesson and eternal damnation
If you're actually asking yourself "do I let my kid hurt herself just to teach her a lesson?" you are a fucked up son of a bitch. Being overprotective is bad for a child but being flat-out negligent is a hundred times worse. Pretty much as Veng said, you have to let kids explore but you also have to be there to keep them from really endangering themselves. If your kid is less than 2 years old there's no goddamn reason you should be taking your eyes off her, let alone sitting there like a jackass asking yourself "should I try to keep her away from the oven or should I just let her severely burn herself and learn a life lesson the hard way?"
And honestly, there's a hell of a difference between the idea of parenting a child and a God who creates sinners and punishes them for sinning. Parenting is allowing your kid to play on the playground even if they might get hurt, but making sure they don't hurt anyone else or themselves too badly. Going back to the God example is like handing your kid a knife, telling him he can kill someone with it and how to do it, and then punishing the kid if he does it by killing him. Punishment is only supposed to exist to help people understand right and wrong based on consequences for their actions, not by making someone else an example to make other people afraid. And when someone is dead and damned, there's not really much they can do to learn from their mistakes and better themselves because hey, they're already in Hell forever.
Stop acting like you're some kind of great guru of parenting wisdom when you have less than two years of experience of the shit. I'm only 18 and dealing with my twin little brothers(6 yrs) gives me more experience than that for fuck's sake.