You know how older folks -- like your parents, maybe -- sometimes have this obnoxious know-it-all attitude about parenting that's combined with a steadfast belief that everything related to raising kids was better back in their day? Well, I'm not proud to admit it, but in the last couple years, I feel like I've become more and more curmudgeonly about parenting trends, to the point where I'm certain it's only a matter of time until I too am like the cranks shouting about how child-rearing should be done uphill, in the snow. BOTH WAYS.
In fact, I'm going to go ahead and indulge my inner critic with this list of semi-recent parenting tactics I vigorously disapprove of.
(Do you agree with any of these? Or am I just becoming the crazy old lady shouting at kids to get off her damn lawn?)
I took my 8-year-old to the dentist a few weeks ago and the office prepped me ahead of time with a downright insane document instructing me to avoid "negative" (i.e., CORRECT) dental terms in favor of phrases like sleepy juice, sugar bugs, and magic air. Look, I'm all for helping kids not be scared at the dentist, but COME ON. Not only do I think it's a little dangerous to teach a child that medicine is called "juice," I'm not a fan of using cutesy phrases in lieu of real words. For instance: my sons have PENISES, not WEE WEES.