Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The obsession over parenting

I (clearly) read too many parenting articles. I read them because I enjoy them; I read them hoping to learn something new; I read them for this blog. So, when I saw an article around the American obsession with parenting, I had to click on it.

It wasn't what I thought it would be. I was hoping for an explanation of why I am so compelled to read stories about other parents and what they are doing and how I can incorporate what they know into my life. What the article mostly covered was a discussion on how middle- to high-income families are able to apply widely published parenting tricks faster than their lower-income peers.

Don't get me wrong: The article is an interesting read, but the title made me wonder more about my own parenting skills more than anything else. I think that I am like a lot of parents that way - always wondering if my child's behavior is normal or why other parents don't seem to have the same problems that our family has.

I know that I am not alone with my struggles as a parent, even when it still feels that way. So, I read articles, and I trade stories with other parents, and I hope that in the end the kid will be alright.

Are you always wondering about your own parenting skills? Tell me in the comments.


  1. As a newbie parent, yes, I am always worrying and wondering if I am doing the "right" things! I come from the Philippines and was raised differently from how babies are raised here in the US so, I'm trying to apply a combination of Filipino and American style parenting... Taking in what I feel is the best from both cultures. :)

    1. I love that you are blending what you love from each culture and creating something that works for your family!