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Paying Someone To Sleep Train Your Baby While You Vacation Is Everything Wrong With Modern Parenting

December 20, 2016

The sleep training thing is indicative of a larger problem. After the dawn of the baby boomers, parenting morphed into pleasing, and then my generation took that to the next evolution. ABC News recently reported on a Los Angeles mother who hired a “sleep trainer” to teach her three-month-old how to sleep at night while she and her husband booked a long weekend away to relax at a spa. It seems like in modern times we are forever coming up with ways to rename normal things. Cisgender is just the special snowflake dictionary term for male and female. Traditional marriage is what we used to call just marriage. Undocumented workers is what we used to call illegal aliens. And sleep training is what we used to call putting your baby to bed. To a certain extent this practice falls under “rich folk privilege.” I can guarantee you no one in my old ‘hood has any idea what a “sleep trainer” is. Pay to get your baby to sleep? Shoooooot…some people got too much money. I don’t think this is something that creeps beyond the boundaries of suburban America. To be fair, people in southern California live a very different kind of life with different kinds of norms. I understand that. However, I think the sleep training thing is indicative of a larger problem. After the dawn of the baby boomers, parenting morphed into pleasing, and then my generation took that to the next evolution. Parenting Is Now about Making Kids Comfortable I have friends who don’t believe in the word “no.” They believe it stunts their child’s development (it’s the opposite, by the...

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