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Do you think you’ll be a Dolphin Parent? A Tiger Mother? Or a different kind of mom altogether? Use this cheat sheet to catch up on some of the “styles” that have gained traction recently, and let us know what kind of mom you want to be:
You believe that if your child is happy, success will follow (let’s face it, you’re a little bit of a hippie-dippie idealist … in a good way!).
You already have your son signed up for violin lessons — and he hasn’t even been born yet! You believe that hard work leads to success, which leads to confidence.
In her 2012 memoir Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, Pamela Druckerman outlined what she learned while raising her daughter in France (in short: the French train babies to “do their nights” before they are out of their newborn onesies, allow kids one — and only one — snack per day, and think grown-up time is a good thing).
Attachment Parenting has been around for quite a while (pediatrician William Sears coined the term in 1993), but it gained buzz all over again last year when Time magazine displayed a photo of a mom breastfeeding her 3-year-old son on its cover. The three main tenets of attachment parenting are breastfeeding, baby-wearing and co-sleeping (the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends room-sharing without bed-sharing), with the goal of giving the child a secure attachment to mom. However, critics say it puts too much pressure on mothers to be with their babies all the time.
“I've stumbled upon a new technique that will guarantee your child grows up to be an exemplary student and citizen,” Vienna writes. “It's called CTFD, which stands for "Calm The F--- Down." And that's not a message to give your kids. It's for you.”
He continues, “Using CTFD assures you that — whichever way you choose to parent — your child will be fine (as long as you don't abuse them, of course).” Well, that sounds … simple.