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My kid’s first phone was a flip-model. I thought I had done him a good – a 5thgrader with a phone. That lasted until I attended a class party at his school.

The other 5thgraders were using their fancy iPhones and Samsungs to Snapchat, watch YouTube, and surf porn. The homeroom moms saw my kid’s flip-phone and gave me the critical “loser” evil eye. The teacher looked like she was going to call Children Services to report child neglect. That was the first time I was fully aware of the school PC police.

There are all kinds of politically-correct rules for dealing with kids. Teachers shouldn’t use red markers because it might hurt a child’s self-esteem. Coaches shouldn’t declare winners or losers but give out participation awards. Parents are abusive if their kid’s phone plan doesn’t include unlimited data.

 If society wants to obey PC directives, that’s fine. But, PC guidelines are a form of black/white thinking that is unforgiving and dysfunctional. Psychologists refer to thinking in absolute, self-critical terms as “shoulding on yourself.”

Line dancing to the drumbeat of PC rhythms is costly – monetarily and emotionally. Many parents reflexively want to rebel by stepping out of the line, yet no one wants to be “that parent.” Also, protesting PC norms usually results in blowback to your kid. The key is picking your battles with the PC enforcers.

Throughout the blog, I’ll help you determine when to say no to political-correctness. If you follow my advice, you might catch the stares of the PC crowd, but you’ll never should on yourself again. You’ll be able to look at the PC police and proudly say, “I bought my kid a flip-phone, and that doesn’t make me a shitty person.”

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