Headline: They are stupid.
When I became a parent, I, like 7 million other similarly minded people, was under the impression that this was "the Bible" for new parents. I would follow along faithfully each month to see which milestones I could expect my child to reach.
Each chapter begins with something like this -
THE SIXTH MONTHDo you get what I am saying? What is the point? I would rather measure my child's development against Molly Mormon Housewife's boastful blog posts about her kids than this vague and politically correct nonsense.
By six months, your baby... should be able to:
...will probably be able to:
...may possibly be able to:
...may even be able to:
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Note to readers: All babies reach milestones on their own developmental time line. If your baby seems not have to have reached one or more of these milestones, rest assured, he or she is not an idiot.
Something else strange about these books are the reader questions. New parents can be really dumb. Here is one example from What to Expect When You are Expecting (Page 132):
"I'm eager to eat well, but it's difficult to figure out what's in the products I buy."
Come on! Is reading the labels really so difficult for you that you had to submit this question to a parenting book? Who are these people?
I could go on about their bias towards the "Cry it Out" method or why is there a chapter on weaning your child from breastfeeding when they are 10 months old... but I will stop. True, there are some good things, such as, a reference guide for giving your child Tylenol and the conversion for taking an axillary temperature, but all of these things are on the internet. If anyone is interested in these books before I toss them in the trash, let me know.