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25 June 2014


I agree with you - it seems like another way to make parents (read, MOMS) feel inadequate about their skills. It is important to read - and sing, and dance, and look at colors, and get outside, and not have hot dogs as a bed time snack (which MIGHT have happened with Ben), but I also know that we all have a lot on our plates as parents, and making something so fun into a chore or a control issue is a bad idea. Otherwise it is piano practice.

Pretty much all parents love and want to do their best for their kids, and are secretly (or not-so-secretly!) anxious of failing their precious responsibilities; hence we're easy prey for the THIS IS THE MOSTEST IMPORTANTEST PARENTING DUTY & U R DOIN IT RONG school of articles.

I remember when my youngest was three and there was one of these articles splaining how allowing infants to sleep in dark rooms for the first year of their life would RUIN THEIR EYESIGHT FOREVER (supposedly an "explanation" of why so many modern children have to wear corrective lenses) and was practically paralyzed with guilt over my retroactively disastrous bad parenting.

FWIW, daughter needs glasses, son doesn't, pretty much what you'd expect with a random throw of the genetic dice...

Yes, that's exactly what I thought. Come on, some days it's all you can do to get them fed (even if it is hot dogs!), washed, etc., and you can't possibly fit in everything the experts want you to. And these people think Catholics know all about guilt--Catholics can't touch pediatricians for guilt trips! (She says..as a Catholic and a person nagged by her pediatrician: "your son isn't in daycare??!?! What about his socialization?!?!" Now that I think about it, maybe I'll tell her there isn't time for daycare between all the feeding and reading.)

Hey, I feel better, I was always putting my infants to sleep in rooms with the lights ON--I wanted them to learn, ASAP, when it was day and when it was night. I'm sure that was wrong for some reason. I'll ask my pediatrician. :)

Thanks for putting things in perspective, and I hope your daughter doesn't mind her glasses. Mr. CR has glasses and I don't (and the reverse situation with braces), so we're waiting to see if either of the CRboys come out as winners on either of those issues.

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