Ok, so now I’m officially a hipster parenting apologist (again). But really, you know what I am? Sticking up for the little guy, the picked on, the latest media backlash kicking bag: The alterna-hipster-whatever-parent.
Time Magazine reporter James Poniewozik writes a scathing piece decrying the narcissism of our generation of parents, and I’ve officially swallowed a hornet.
Parents being more introspective and analytical and even intellectual about the whole enterprise should be reason to celebrate, not deride.
I suspect the author of the anti-hip-parenting piece is a Baby Boomer with an ax to grind. In any event, his analysis of the likes of Babble and Girl’s Gone Child (Rebecca is quoted in the piece) entirely misses the point. We parent differently. We talk about it before during and afterward. We navel gaze, but we also try and create a better world by building real communities where we share feelings, and information, and books, and radio shows, and silly t-shirts that get us sued by The National Pork Board.
Big media is scared witless because we no longer need Meredith Viera to talk us through whether it’s ok to have a drink during a playdate. The democratization of parenting information is at hand.
Meanwhile, Daddy & Mommy had a night away and I’m recharged and so much more relaxed now…. because of… the spa visit. Ahem.