As a parent today I feel as if I'm constantly inundated with fervent, well-meaning, parenting advice coming at me from all angles: in person, in magazines, on the phone, and all over social media. (Read more about how a one-week digital detox made this writer a better mom.)
“Early music education is essential for the development of young brains," I'll hear as I contemplate signing my son up to learn to play violin. Then, “Baby swim lessons boost immune system and teach important life skills.” Okay, got it. Get the swim lessons.Then it's “Cooking with your kids promotes healthy eating habits," and "crafting promotes creativity." Huh. Better start teaching him to cook and craft, too.
I don't know if the generations of parents before ours were subjected to such an extraordinary amount of pressure to conform to externally established parenting ideals, but the pressures of our time feel very real to me. (Here are 7 old-school parenting tips that seem crazy in the modern age.)
Day after day after day of my son's first few years of life, no matter what I did, this vague feeling of guilt always ran on the back of my mind, nagging me: “You are not doing enough... You can do better than that ...He hasn't been outside today.... He has had three hours of screen time already… It's almost 4pm and the most enriching activity of his day was watching a full washing machine cycle (or, wait, does that fall under ‘screen time?).”
My thoughts would scroll on, poisoning what could have been simply a wonderful time with my favorite little person.
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