CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS: Toward Maturity by Suzanne Strait Fremon


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Miss Fremon's quite remarkable confidence concerning, mainly, the adolescent on the way to adulthood, is a rarity in the towering pile of literature in which the tie that binds parent and child is stretched taut as a teen-ager's frouser seat. Miss Fremon has her eye on the somber, and often frankly unpleasant, realities of the human condition. The adolescent will very soon become an adult, will leave home, marry, raise his own family, and whatever his home treatment has been, he will hold the ""final round of ammunition."" Using some chilling models, Miss Fremon points out that possibly your child will not follow the path you have planned for him, and the all important process, in the name of fairness to both sides, in the name of love, is to keep the lines of communication open. This means not foisting your special dreams on your young; to express your love and respect for the individual by your presence, attention, comfort and to express your honest opinions and disagreements without rancour. When it becomes obvious that you have an emerging adult clomping about the house, welcome him to the adult world with the same pleasure with which you welcomed his birth. A fresh and stimulating antidote to our present mass media tendency to compress the pre-adult into a teen-age nutshell and expect him to come up with a vision of infinite space. A plea for maturity, for both adults and their teen-age ""children.

Pub Date: May 8th, 1968
Publisher: Harper & Row