In September of 1959, Susan Sontag lists her 10 rules for raising a child. (Their object, Sontag’s son David Rieff, edited this very volume.) Underpinning them is a subtle but palpable reverence for the precious gift of “childishness” — something
These rules still valid..!!
2.Don’t speak about him to others (e.g., tell funny things) in his presence. (Don’t make him self-conscious.)
3.Don’t praise him for something I wouldn’t always accept as good.
4.Don’t reprimand him harshly for something he’s been allowed to do.
5.Daily routine: eating, homework, bath, teeth, room, story, bed.
6.Don’t allow him to monopolize me when I am with other people.
7.Always speak well of his pop. (No faces, sighs, impatience, etc.)
8.Do not discourage childish fantasies.
9.Make him aware that there is a grown-up world that’s none of his business.
10.Don’t assume that what I don’t like to do (bath, hairwash) he won’t like either.