Dealing With Parenting Information OverloadEmily McClements
Sometimes it all just makes my head spin.
Don’t let your kid watch this show, but a different show is okay, except for the fact that watching any TV before the age of 2 is detrimental.
It seems like every day there is some new study out telling us what we should, or should not do, for the good of our children. And then tomorrow a study will tell us that yesterday’s study was wrong. What are we supposed to believe? And what is a conscientious parent, who just wants the best for their children, supposed to do?
Not worry a bit about it. That’s what I say.
The way I see it, most of the studies tell us stuff that we already know about raising our kids, either intuitively, or just through plain old common sense. Like kids who eat out more often are more likely to be overweight. No. Really? Thanks for clarifying that for me, I never could have figured out that eating highly processed, high calorie food with little nutritional value might cause my child to gain weight.
So really, we don’t need to be too concerned with all of the studies, it can just become information overload and keep us from being the kind of parents that our kids need us to be. Not overly informed ones, but ones who play with them, listen to them, hug and kiss them, laugh with them, teach them, and care for them in the way that only we can. Because we are their parents, and we know them better than anyone else.
Even though we are all learning as we go, I really think that the majority of us get it right way more often than we get it wrong, and we deserve way more credit for knowing what is best for our child than the studies give us credit for.
How do you deal with the information overload of all the parenting advice out there?