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35 bookmarks. First posted by farley13 5 weeks ago.


A survey of parenting advice and why it's both compelling and useless at the same time
parenting  advice  books 
11 days ago by mindways
Every baffled new parent goes searching for answers in baby manuals. But what they really offer is the reassuring fantasy that life’s most difficult questions have one right answer.
articles  books  parenting  business  children 
12 days ago by mikael
“while there might indeed be one right way to do things, you will never get to find out what it is.”
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12 days ago by aslakr
Every baffled new parent goes searching for answers in baby manuals. But what they really offer is the reassuring fantasy that life’s most difficult questions have one right answer.
parenting  interesting  advice 
12 days ago by ramitsethi
Human beings are born too soon. Within hours of arriving in the world, a baby antelope can clamber up to a wobbly standing position; a day-old zebra foal can run from hyenas; a sea-turtle, newly hatched in the sand, knows how to find its way to the ocean. Newborn humans, on the other hand, can’t hold up their own heads without someone to help them. They can’t even burp without assistance. Place a baby human on its stomach at one day old – or even three months old, the age at which lion cubs may be starting to learn to hunt – and it’s stranded in position until you decide to turn it over, or a sabre-toothed tiger strolls into the cave to claim it. The reason for this ineptitude is well-known: our huge brains, which make us the cleverest mammals on the planet, wouldn’t fit through the birth canal if they developed more fully in the womb. (Recently, cognitive scientists have speculated that babies may actually be getting more useless as evolution proceeds; if natural selection favours ever bigger brains, you’d expect humans to be born with more and more developing left to do.)

I don't like this article very much (anti-attachment parenting)
parenting  baby 
4 weeks ago by snicholson
The long read: Every baffled new parent goes searching for answers in baby manuals. But what they really offer is the reassuring fantasy that life’s most difficult questions have one right answer
advice  baby  parenting  self-help 
5 weeks ago by wiobyrne
Every baffled new parent goes searching for answers in baby manuals. But what they really offer is the reassuring fantasy that life’s most difficult questions have one right answer. By Human beings are born too soon. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket 
5 weeks ago by dominijk
RT : I thought I was a kind of professional expert on the self-help industry. Then we had a baby.
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5 weeks ago by cianw
I thought I was a kind of professional expert on the self-help industry. Then we had a baby.
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5 weeks ago by tlafleur
Every baffled new parent goes searching for answers in baby manuals. But what they really offer is the reassuring fantasy that life’s most difficult questions have one right answer. By Human beings are born too soon. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago by puzzlement
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5 weeks ago by dalcrose
Every baffled new parent goes searching for answers in baby manuals. But what they really offer is the reassuring fantasy that life’s most difficult questions have one right answer. By Human beings are born too soon. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  feedly 
5 weeks ago by schmitz