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Parenting Trends: 5 That Are In, 5 That Are Out

By Meredith Carroll |

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There is no right or wrong way to parent. Or at least there isn’t a single way in which to parent.

Stick around for a few days, weeks, months or a year and a new study / book / method about the best way to parent will be revealed, rendering everything that came before it useless / invalid / irresponsible / dangerous / passé. Wait a few more days, weeks, months, or a year, and the latest and greatest will be replaced with even later and greater ways to screw up raise your kids. Oh, and reaching an actual consensus on what’s in and what’s out, what’s hot and what’s not? Fuggedaboutit.

Here are 5 parenting trends (according to some) that have gone by the wayside, followed by 5 more that are all the rage these days:

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Parenting Trends: 5 That Are In, 5 That Are Out

OUT: Tiger Mom

Amy Chua roared her way into 2011 when the Wall Street Journal excerpted her book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, in an article titled “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior.” American parents and their penchant for raising lazy, undisciplined children came under attack, while Asian mothers and their robot-like, albeit well-educated and skilled kids were put on a pedestal. While most agreed that American kids could stand to be less coddled, few were willing to follow Chua’s lead and, say, make their children practice one piano piece for 12 straight hours.
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What do you think? What are you seeing in parenting circles these days, and what aren’t you seeing anymore?


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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Parenting Trends: 5 That Are In, 5 That Are Out

  1. goddess says:

    Perhaps had we not jobbed out all of the manufacturing to China and kept the standards we used to have, we’d still have drop -side cribs.

  2. Marquietta says:

    when my son was born I didn’t use a crib bumper because of all I had read about them being a suffocation hazard; however once he was four months old I had to put one in the crib because, while he was asleep he would stick his legs through the bars and then wiggle and squirm until he put himself in a painful position and then wake up screaming.

  3. tre says:

    I love the cupcake idea.

  4. bwsf says:

    I think public breastfeeding has a long way to go before it’s totally considered “in”. It’s still such a hot-button issue.

  5. cheylene says:

    I’m blown away that public breast feeding is still an issue at all! It is one of the most natural things in the world! But I do believe that we as mothers can use modesty. I think what really makes people feel uncomfortable is when you have your boob sticking out for everyone to see or your shirt up showing your whole stomach. I always used a nursing cover. Our church provides a clean, comfortable room for breastfeeding mothers that you can still see and hear the pastor in.

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