Parenting, Inc.

A local parent wrote this! This is definitely a book that has my interest because the strange out of the club feeling I had not buying the top of the line stroller in the beginning, but now as I see families pawning them off on craigslist because they now realize the money wasn't worth it. But all I know is that it's easy to fall into the trap of buy, buy, buy for Baby. You're a new parent and you don't know any better. You're a parent again and felt you could do better this time. Whatever the reason, it's foolishness in my opinion. It's a feeling you have thanks to marketing. Sometimes I get sucked in, but now a couple years in to the whole baby thing, I feel like I have my head on okay. I don't own a super duper expensive stroller. I don't have any consultants or coaches to make me a better parent. I actually have not been in a Toys R Us since she's been born, hold on, Babies R Us doesn't count because that has necessities. But as for the toys, she has a ton, but they are hand me downs or gifts or they have meaning to me. Her grandma can get a bit overdone with the clothes, but some of those are hand me downs and it's all items that are requested because she's growing, fast. I think I'm too hippy at the end of the day to really be into the latest greatest, but I do aim to make her happy. Now that she's thoroughly obsessed with Curious George, I may add to her George collection, but dear Tio Will took care of that pretty damn thoroughly. I think my child is just blessed to have people willing to spoil her when we don't think about it. But I think we think realistically. Yes, if we were rich with paparazzi following us, then maybe we should invest in some nice stuff. But at the end of the day, all she really seems to want is our time. Time is the big thing. And quality over quantity is important. Time is definitely shorter these days for me, but I remember days when it was fewer so I am blessed to have the time I have.
But with all that said, I know I could chill out on some things, okay, lots of things. But anyway, the book is Parenting, below. Or listen to Pamela on NPR.

About Parenting, Inc.
A leading social critic goes inside the billion-dollar baby business to expose the marketing and the myths, helping parents determine what's worth their money-and what's a waste Parenting coaches, ergonomic strollers, music classes, sleep consultants, luxury diaper creams, a never-ending rotation of DVDs that will make a baby smarter, socially adept, and bilingual before age three. Time-strapped, anxious parents hoping to provide the best for their baby are the perfect mark for the 'parenting' industry.

In Parenting, Inc., Pamela Paul investigates the whirligig of marketing hype, peer pressure, and easy consumerism that spins parents into purchasing overpriced products and raising overprotected, overstimulated, and over-provided-for children. Paul shows how the parenting industry has persuaded parents that they cannot trust their children's health, happiness, and success to themselves. She offers a behind-the-scenes look at the baby business so that any parent can decode the claims-and discover shockingly unuseful products and surprisingly effective services. And she interviews educators, psychologists, and parents to reveal why the best thing for a baby is to break the cycle of self-recrimination and indulgence that feeds into overspending. Paul's book leads the way for every parent who wants to escape the spiral of fear, guilt, competition, and consumption that characterizes modern American parenthood.


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