Will You Read a Parenting Book by Alec Baldwin?

It has been two years since Alec Baldwin called his daughter a rude, thoughtless little pig, and his even more thoughtful ex-wife played it for all the media (and the world) to hear. At the time, I really didn’t understand what everyone was so up in arms about and I still don’t. Ireland, Alec’s daughter, was being a snotty little 11-year-old at the time and Alec reacted with anger, as any parent would. Yes, it was a heated discussion but no, Alec probably didn’t actually mean that he thought his daughter was a pig and she probably even knew that at the time.

Alec made no apologies for it at the time, although he did explain himself to the media, and he’s still not making any apologies for it now. He’s actually doing the exact opposite by writing a book about it. And whether or not he was right at the time, I think he’s definitely right on his latest thoughts. From the National Enquirer,

“He’s no Dr. Spock – but that isn’t stopping “30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin from writing a book – about parenting!

The actor, long embroiled in nasty family turmoil involving his daughter, recently told an interviewer: “It will be ironic for some people, but I’m going to write a parenting book.

“We’re at… an awful place right now in terms of parenting. Kids have too much power and call too many of the shots, telling their parents what they will and won’t do.”

…Alec thinks modern parents have gone soft, and he blames the bad economy and other social stresses for pulling them away from their kids.

“We live in stressful times,” Alec said. “People come home, walk up the driveway, put the key in the door, and they can’t do another hard job. Parenting your children effectively is a tough job.”

Said a source close to the Emmy-winning actor: “He really believes he can help other people with their parenting problems because he’s been through the whole thing himself – the good, the bad and the ugly. And he’s a lot more learned and loving as a result.”

I think Alec hit the nail right on the head with that one and I am so glad that someone is finally standing up and saying so! I often think that I am way too hard on my kids. Until I go to the grocery store and there’s a kid in the aisle who’s throwing things at his mother and insulting her while she just stands there looking helpless. There are many, many good parents out there but there are far more bad ones. I’m glad Alec’s not one of them and I’m even more glad that he’s willing to blow the whistle on those that are. Unfortunately, they’ll probably never hear it because parents who don’t want to raise their kids properly don’t generally read parenting books.

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