I have rules for my child. I don't have a lot of them, but I definitely have rules. I think that you should have rules, too. I think my approach to raising my child in an environment that has uneven borders, yet an understood expectation allows her to be creative and productive.
The media and our society is obsessed with the concept of labeling. We see it in the news everyday. A child is being bullied at school. Or a teenage girl hung herself over a Facebook post.
Thirty years ago, the news wasn't obsessed with the well-being of our children's psyches. Reporters were discussing the Cold War or the implications of a new president.
The news still reports on those facets of life, but it is hidden behind social issues. But the problem with labeling has gotten out of control in our society. Almost too much news.
Now, I am not that mother who supports bullying or harsh behavior toward other children, but I do have a problem with not being able to be honest. Labels are critical to our ways of communication. We have labeled everything forever. It works the same way as judgment. Any person who claims that they are not judgmental are liars or stupid. We judge. We judge everything.
Anyways, off topic a little bit. I do not support negative communication toward children. Children labeling or bullying other children is a minimal problem compared to the real problem: parents labeling or bullying their own children (or children within their proximity).