If you can’t name two or three ridiculous modern parenting techniques, then you simply aren’t trying. Just open a newspaper or magazine. You’re practically assaulted with at least one article about some wacky new trend in parenting.
Parenting these days, in case you haven’t been keeping track, comes in a variety of flavors. Or styles. Or ideologies. Or pathologies.
We’ve got attachment parenting, authoritative parenting, free-range parenting, nurturant parenting, helicopter parenting, ethical parenting, tiger parenting, not to mention all the variants on those, plus any number of off-brand styles. And don’t forget all the trademarked styles named for the eight million parenting books that come out each year.
There are even sub-disciplines for things like sleep and diet and cognitive development. And every style or sub-style has a raft of scientific studies or scientifish anecdotal reports to support its ideology.
It’s crazy. Like today’s parents.
So here’s what I have to say about all these different, conflicting, radicalized parenting styles: Hooray!
Yep, Captain Dad is an advocate of Crazy Parenting™. (I just invented that style. Patent pending.) You see, all of us stressed out parents with our crazy parenting styles have one thing in common: We are crazy about our kids. We’ll do anything we think might help them be better humans than we are. Our parents did the same. Their styles may have been different, but they were raising us in different times and under different circumstances. They were adapting to their times. So are we. We live in crazy times, so it is inevitable that we will have crazy parenting styles.
Sure, a dash of sanity would be nice. But crazy is nice too, because it is anything but indifferent. It means parents are trying — even when they seem trying to us (yes, I’m talking to you, lady in the park who didn’t want to fight with her daughter about eating blueberries because her “heart chakra didn’t need that”).
They are trying because they truly love their children. And love makes you crazy. So do kids, for that matter.
While we’re at it, so do all those parenting experts soap-boxing their ideologies night and day on the correct way to raise your child.