Okay, sometimes I think things in the parenting sphere have gotten totally out of hand. Perfect example: pediatric dentistry. Apparently you’re supposed to take your child to the dentist by one year old, or by the time they get their first tooth. AND, you’re supposed to brush their teeth. (Never mind my child only has four and a half teeth and only uses them to bite my toes.) Is it just me, or does that seem a bit overboard? But here we are, brushing her teeth, just like they’ve told us to do….
As a new parent, I think it’s hard to filter out the good recommendations from the ridiculous ones. In my mind, common sense should prevail, but ‘parenting experts’ do such a great job of scaring you into submission that it becomes difficult to follow your gut. Prime example: blankets. ‘Experts’ tell you not to have anything in the crib because of the risk of suffocation. As totally freaked out parents, we followed this and do you know what the result has been? My child won’t sleep with a blanket! It is totally foreign to her. I lie her down at night, place the blanket over her and what does she do? She takes it off and throws it out of the crib. Now what am I supposed to do this winter? Dress her like the Michelin Man so she stays warm? I live in the mountains now, and heat ain’t cheap.
Now, in the grand scheme a blanket isn’t that serious. Something that I do find serious is the extreme push to vaccinate our kids with what (I feel) is an unnecessary amount vaccines. There is a lot of literature dedicated both ways on the subject, and I’m not going to get on my soapbox and preach too much, but come on. Varicella-really? Chicken pox is a right of passage. Hepatitis B-RIDICULOUS. I’m not some crazy anti-vaccine mother by any stretch of the imagination. I think vaccines just illustrate the point that it’s hard for us parents to listen to our inner voices about what’s right, what’s wrong and what’s just silly.
I’d love to get other parents views on this topic.