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Why I Want My Son To Question His Authority Figures

Joel Gratcyk (Daddy's Grounded)

Joel Gratcyk is a social media strategist, father, husband, perpetual student and caffeine junkie. He misses sleeping, but loves being a parent more.

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10 Responses

  1. Berto says:

    Yes. I want my kids to question me and others in authority. I hope I can teach them to ask thoughtful and respectful questions. My mother taught me that I should question authority, but didn’t teach me how. Then she wondered why I was always in trouble at school. Not that I think she did a poor job, she took one step but I think didn’t consider that she also wanted to not have go to my school as regularly as she did. Good stuff.

  2. DadWorking says:

    You don’t make a difference in the world unless you question authority. This is hard for parents and going to be even harder as he reaches school age. My kids’ school tried to teach them not to ask WHY the very first day. It was a delicate think to discuss with 5 year olds and very challenging to discuss with teachers and principals.

  3. Jonathan says:

    I think you’ve touched on a really important issue here – it’s so important to encourage kids to be inquisitive about the world around them, and to encourage them to (constructively and politely) question the actions of those in positions of authority.

  4. This is brilliant! I think you are raising a pretty well-balanced kid with this approach. I was raised with a mix of influences, but ultimately I learned that we need to ask questions and demand answers. Good job!

  5. Of course! To question anything is the ultimate authority of self. My wife smiles everytime I ask questions about the menu in a restaurant and ask for alterations to it. Most people do not. To ask for customization at a higher level is youth growing as it should!

  6. Eric says:

    This is a great post. Like you I grew up in an environment where you didn’t ask questions of those in authority. I still can identify the remnants of that in my personality. I’ve tried to welcome my kids respectful questioning-it’s a work in progress-but will pay off in the long run.

  7. Terry says:

    Sometimes the one who “seems” to be in authority, is not who they “seem” to be. And those are the ones who need to be questioned. A lot seem to abuse their authority as well. When I was young, I heard more than once, “Never stop a child from asking questions. How else are they supposed to learn.”