Does Parental Tough Love Really Work? Essay

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Does Parental Tough Love Really Work? As time progresses, more and more people are utilizing the concept “tough love” as a form of parenting method. Some people declare that the strategies of tough love are effective, while others argue that tough love is destructive and simply another word for child abuse. One question that people, mostly parents, have had is whether or not tough love actually works? The idea of it has been around since the 1980’s and several parents would prefer to use this style of parenting as opposed to tender loving care. Tough love is defined as an expression used when someone treats another person harshly or sternly with the intent to help them in the long run. Tough love was first introduced in the 1980’s by Phyllis and David York who had three daughters falling into the addictions of drugs. According to an article published in People magazine in November 1981, Phyllis and David York’s oldest daughter was arrested for robbing a cocaine dealer (Family Matters Parenting Magazine). The parents began to grow tired of their daughter’s intolerable behavior, so they decided to leave their daughter in jail and refused to visit her. Even when she was released from jail, the parent’s declined their daughter’s request to come home until she sought rehabilitation for her addiction. Next, a few months passed, and their daughter was on her way to recovery. After that incident, the York family founded an organization called ToughLove based on the experience…

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