March 19, 2008: Tolstoy on Parenting - 3 Comments

"It's true what papa says, that when we were being brought up there was one extreme - we were kept in the attic, while the parents lived on the first floor; now it's the opposite - the parents go to the store-room and the children to the first floor. Parents mustn't have any life now, everything's given to the children."

- Tolstoy (trans. P&V), Anna Karenina, 1878


Blogger Dorothy said...

LOL. That is so scary yet so true. Though I am glad my parents have a life (if that is what he meant at all)...because in doing so they are able to "cut the apron strings" and let me live my live.

March 25, 2008 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger matt kirkland said...

It's fun to realize that parents have been saying it for 130 years now, isn't it?

I love finding out that laments for times past are equally timeless, like Cicero saying, "Times are bad, children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing their own book."

March 25, 2008 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

Yeah that is pretty funny. I can probably say that I no longer obey my parents in certain areas, but they are so cool that they pretty much let me live my own life. I agree that everyone is writing their own book. I am on trying to anyway. Everyone has something to say about something, right? Well it seems that way anyway. For what other reason would there be so many blogs.

March 26, 2008 at 5:13 PM  

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