Psychology Today isn't often on my reading list, but in my daily search for the bizarre and trivial parenting news across the Web, I found this blog post, titled "Parenting: Unconditional Love is Bad!"
I was intrigued.
The blogger, a psychologist named Jim Taylor, went on to argue that in the big picture of parenting, unconditional love is neither the historical norm nor a good idea:
Assuming Taylor is right, and that unconditional love is a relatively new phenomenon, then this goes hand-in-hand with the spanking debate, which I've written about previously. Both represent a more liberal trend within parenting philosophies over the past half-century. Love more, hit less. Reward good behavior rather than punish bad behavior. Kids should love their parents rather than fear them.
What do you think? Should parental loved have to be earned? Or is it a birthright?