So you think the world of technology moves fast? Try entering the parenting game. In which not only do things move at hyperspeed, but everything MATTERS so much because you're building a person. Not having the latest iPhone may not ruin your life, but just try sitting at playgroup and confessing ignorance on BPA and you'll see what I mean.
Parenting trends change. FAST. And if you don't keep up, you end up feeling like the worst mom ev-ah. So let's catch up to 2011, shall we?
In: Slow Vaxxing. Rather than skipping vaccines entirely, an increasing number of parents have opted for a slowed down schedule, spacing out their child's life-saving shots over a longer period of time.
In: My Baby's Tweeting from the Womb. Who says you have to have developed your fingers to type in a Tweet?
In: Squeezy Fruit. Who needs to spend 20 minutes cutting up apples and peeling the skin when it all comes in a pouch with a screw-on lid, and it's ORGANIC! Best invention . . . ever?
In: Intactivism. Once it was a foregone conclusion. These days everyone's serious about the penis hood.
In: Home Birth. Blow up the pool, invite the neighbors, and let's get this baby out!
In: Free-Range Parenting. The leashes are gone, and so are the kids. But they'll come back by dinner time. Just yell.
In: Stay at Home Dads. Because mama can bring home the bacon too! As of 2009, labor statistics showed 7.4% of fathers in married-couple families with children under 18 were home.
In: Multiples. Technology has allowed for more fertility treatments, which in turn has increased the chances a mom will give birth to more than one child at a time. In 2008, twins accounted for 32.6 out of every 1,000 births -- the highest on record.
In: Play-Based Preschool. Turns out cutting out the play-time was making our kids fat, boring, and terrified of taking risks. These days kids have a bit more time to be KIDS.
What trends are you seeing in your neck of the woods? Any you'd like to see disappear soon?
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