I stumbled on an article recently, “How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger,” and by stumbled, I mean I couldn’t avoid it if I tried. It’s everywhere: NPR, all the parenting websites and it’s been posted on Facebook more times than I can count. People are sharing that shit like it’s the second coming.
It’s a long article, and for those of you who don’t have seven free minutes, I’ll summarize.
Inuit parents teach toddlers to control their anger by NEVER showing their own anger. Never ever. Ever. Not once. No eye rolling. No yelling. No voice raising. Certainly no swearing, and you can forget about timeout, do overs and my personal favorite, stepping away for a minute.