Studies show that parents who raise their kids based on studies will drive themselves insane.
I’m all for passing along knowledge and occasionally asking for advice, but when the hell did we lose our instinctive ability to raise our own kids, and begin to rely so heavily on these “studies”? I’m not even sure who these Dr.’s are that conduct these studies, which by the way, usually contradict each other. Why would I ever take advice from someone, even a knowledgable someone, who has never met my child? Clearly I know my kid better than they do. So I propose we put the book down, and listen to our kids. Trust yourself, you’ll know what to do and what’s best for your kids. All you need is clearly defined morals, consistency, a little patience, and an endless supply of vodka, and I promise your kids will turn out to be the amazing, productive members of society that you dream they will be! So what if my baby came out of the bathroom with a tampon hanging out of his mouth like a cigarette? (what, it wasn’t used.) And yeah, maybe he sucked enough glitter off of the Christmas Tree ornament to poop out a brand new decoration, who cares? Changing his diaper for the next week was beautiful and sparkly. And once, I accidentally stuck my daughter’s head in the ceiling fan, but I’m still a good parent. She survived, and probably her aversion to ceiling fans is temporary. You bet I lost my oldest son in public when he was a toddler, who hasn’t? Did I let that discourage me? Did I give up and turn to books and studies for support? NO! I just put up “Lost Baby” posters and eventually he came home. Sure, he’s had a drinking problem since age four because of it, but you know, sometimes these things happen! Relax! Parents have been successfully raising kids long before Dr. Sears wrote his book.