The Parenting "Study" To End All Parenting Studies (Courtesy of The Onion)
I love keeping up on parenting studies and new findings as they pertain to babies and children. I think it’s fascinating what research can demonstrate and teach us about our own kids. And it seems like every season, there’s a new type of parenting style that’s all the rage (Hello, Tiger Mom!).
But every once in a while, well, you just need a laugh. A reason to not take it all so seriously. An excuse to go with your gut instinct after all.
I found this in the form of an article about a new parenting “study” in the satirical newspaper, The Onion. The article said that the study determined that children grow up to become unhappy adults, no matter which parenting style you raised them by. From the article:
“Our research suggests that while overprotective parenting ultimately produces adults unprepared to contend with life’s difficulties, highly permissive parenting leads to feelings of bitterness and isolation throughout adulthood,” lead researcher Daniel Porter said. “And, interestingly, we found that anything between those two extremes is equally damaging, always resulting in an adult who suffers from some debilitating combination of unpreparedness and isolation. Despite great variance in parenting styles across populations, the end product is always the same: a profoundly flawed and joyless human being.”
The study did find, however, that adults often achieve temporary happiness when they have children of their own to perpetuate the cycle of human misery.
Ha! Point made. I think the general theme here is there is no single perfect way to parent. There is no handbook given when you deliver your baby. We are all, quite simply, making it up as we go along. Mistakes will be made, and the sooner we realize that, the better off we’ll be. Sure, there are parenting styles and disciplines—instinctive, attachment, helicopter, just to name a few—that will always claim that their way is best. But I think we as parents figure one thing out from the get go: there is no one else like our child. And as we muddle along in this parenting life, making mistakes and celebrating triumphs, we will do the very best we can… and desperately hope our children don’t turn out to be “disturbed, miserable adults.”
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