Recipes for foods that our kids won't/can't eat, ideas for crafts that they won't/can't make, advice that is so inapplicable as to be laughable -- right there on the cover is "The 1-Week Fix For Your Child's Worst Behavior". Easy peasy mac and cheesy!
I'm not really that bothered by it anymore. Sometimes I even read parenting advice columns as a gauge for where typical kids are at. I never tire of hearing about what giant pains in the ass typical kids can be and the gnarly problems that drive their parents around the bend.
Once in a blue moon there is even some advice that I can use. Even that "1-Week Fix" article contains some advice (don't react, be consistent) that isn't totally scoff-at-able. But the "1-Week" and "stay positive" stuff they can suck on.
In my local paper, there's a weekly column called The Parent 'Hood where a problem is posed and a panel of parents weigh in, followed by an "expert" that tells you what you are really supposed to do. Sometimes the headline will catch my eye because it's something Audrey does like a recent one about coping with "copycat syndrome" where a kid is becoming a clone of their BFF.
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Mostly Audrey just likes to draw exact replicas of whatever Grace Anne is drawing, and play the same DSi games that she's playing. To which Grace Anne will agitatedly say "Audrey, be your own person!", to which Audrey will agitatedly reply "OH NO, I'VE GOT TO BE MY OWN PERSON!!!" and so on and so forth.
Here's an excerpt of some of the advice in the article:
"Your child may soon find the BFF's really annoying phrases or clothing as annoying as you do."
Who said that the BFF was annoying? Certainly not a person who writes a blog that the mother of her BFF reads.
"Whispering in the ear of a sleeping child has been proven to cure all quirks."
What the what?
"Ask them to tell you about so-and-so, what they like about her, and what makes her fun to be with."
Here is a transcript of the actual conversation that I had with Audrey....
"Audrey, why do you copy Grace Anne?"
"Because it's fun!"
"Why is it fun?"
"Mom, fist me!"
See, it's just that easy.