Quote this: A.S. Neill on parents and the yearnings of childhood

Parents who have forgotten the yearnings of their childhood—forgotten how to play and how to fantasize—make poor parents.

A.S. Neill, Summerhill School: A New View of Childhood
(New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1993 [1960])


Discuss. Do you think your recollections of childhood, of how you felt, what you thought, as a child (and a teen) are accurate? Do they help you be the parent you want to be? Or is Neill off base here? What do you think?

P.S. Happy third birthday, my sweet Ender. xoxo Mom


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