Friends have shared this on FB a lot, and I finally got around to reading it. It’s short, funny, and worth a look.
A recent study has shown that if American parents read one more long-form think piece about parenting they will go fucking ape shit.
I have to say, as much as I post here about parenting studies, I don’t take many of them to heart. Most of the studies really don’t even apply directly to how one should parent, they are merely spun by the media to imply that they do. My years of experience reading primary literature and my scientific training allow me to filter out all the noise and spin, and drill down to understand what the results mean for me and my kids.
I have friends on FB freaking out about BPA (to the point that one was ravaged with guilt for eating a bowl of canned soup while pregnant), vaccines, GMOs, etc. It is to the point of ridiculousness.
I often have friends and family approach me for my ‘scientific opinion’ on something- ranging from biopsy results to whether or not the government and pharmaceutical companies have the cure for cancer and are conspiring to keep it from humanity.
When it comes to many studies (i.e. crying it out, BPA, GMOs, etc) I just say, “Don’t worry about it.”
There are bodies of work that allow scientists to come to a clear concensus- the safety and efficacy of vaccines, for example- but on a lot of other issues, there is no clear consensus. The data aren’t there, the studies haven’t been done, conclusions cannot be drawn.
So, by and large my advice is, “Don’t worry about it. Don’t kill yourself finding BPA-free everything, don’t bankrupt yourself buying GMO-free everything, don’t exhaust yourself getting up 1000 times a night, etc.”
We’re all gonna screw up our kids in one way or another, so just accept that fact and get on with your life.