Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What Does L. Ron Hubbard Say About Raising Children?

This is from the new Scientology web site. I thought it made a very good presentation of how LRH views the subject of childhood. The Scientologists I know raise their kids this way, and it makes a huge difference.

L. Ron Hubbard has written a great deal about raising children. In Scientology, children are recognized as people who should be given all the respect and love granted to adults.

Scientologists believe children should be encouraged to contribute to family life and not just be “seen and not heard” as the old saying goes. Children are spiritual beings and, as such, they need to exchange with those around them in order to thrive and live productive, happy lives.

Children need respect, love, help and education. They want to help others from a very early age and it is important that adults allow them to do so, within the realms of safety. Children have to know they have a place in life, that they are important and that their contributions are meaningful in a real way.

Education is an important part of this. A child needs to understand the workings of his family and society to be able to contribute to them in meaningful ways and in this he can be greatly assisted by his parents and other family members.

Some of the basic principles Scientologists apply to parenting are summed up in the following by L. Ron Hubbard:

“Today’s children will become tomorrow’s civilization.”

“…try to be the child’s friend. It is certainly true that a child needs friends. Try to find out what a child’s problem really is and, without crushing their own solutions, try to help solve them.”

“A child factually does not do well without love. Most children have an abundance of it to return.” The Way to Happiness

“The spoiled child is the child whose decisions have been interrupted continuously and who is robbed of his independence. Affection could no more spoil a child than the sun could be put out by a bucket of gasoline.” Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health

Children raised in Scientology homes have the following to say about how the experience enhanced their outlook on life:

“I was born and raised in Scientology. My daughter (12) and son (4 months) are third-generation Scientologists. Being a Scientologist helped me to be brave, alert, competent and aware and most of all it has made me want to help any and all who need help. I see this as well in my daughter who is now 12.” K.R.

”As a kid, growing up in a Scientology family was fun, mainly because of my parents and the stable environment they provided. I had the experience most children are lacking today, of working in the family business. My parents believed it was good for children to earn their own way and exchange something with the family and so did I. I loved the feeling of independence it gave me to be earning my own money from a young age. I worked hard on my education too, but I still had plenty of time to play. When I left my parents’ house to go into the world on my own, I just kept on enjoying life, due to knowledge of Scientology and the supportive environment my family had fostered. That stability and sincere and correct application of Scientology made all the difference in the world when I was growing up and it still does to this day.” M.W.

A good, stable adult with love and tolerance in his heart is about the best therapy a child can have.~~~L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion

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