Parenting has changed drastically over the past 50 years, from family-centered to child-focused and instinctual to expert-driven. Please join Park Slope Parents for a free forum on RETHINKING PARENTING co-sponsored by Community Bookstore on Thursday, April 8th from 8:00pm - 9:15pm.
What: PSP Rethinking Parenting Forum When: Thursday, April 8th Time: 8:00pm - 9:15pm Cost: Free
This forum will be recorded. Please register for the event to receive the recording.
Today’s watchful culture of raising children has arguably created more stress for parents as we strive to meet ever more complex and contradictory standards for optimal parenting. We worry about our life choices - from breastfeeding to discipline - and can feel judged no matter what decisions we make. Headlines shout that our children are the most anxious and depressed generation ever despite our efforts to create the “perfect” home. How can that be when we’re doing everything “they” tell us to do?
Come to a different kind of event. An event that will help us understand how we came to be such worried parents (spoiler: it’s not your fault!). An event where you'll discover the reasons to sit back more and control less (spoiler: there’s more time for you!). An event where you’ll see your kids in a different light (spoiler: you don’t have to take it personally) and build more togetherness and autonomy.
The ultimate goal? That we’ll all leave more calm about our parenting choices, more trusting of ourselves as parents, and more unified as a parenting community.
Our guides for the start of what we hope will be a new parenting (small P) revolution include three moms who are wonderfully talented and well-respected authors: Nancy McDermott, Michaeleen Doucleff, and Lenore Skenazy.
Nancy McDermott: There have always been parents, but the idea of “Parenting” is a relatively new phenomenon. Modern families are more likely to pay attention to how they "parent" than previous generations. And yet, the pandemic has exposed the limitations of our intensely child-focused style of raising children. Mental health related visits for children and teens have increased approximately 24%. and 31%, respectively, and one in three parents have reported a deterioration of their own mental health. In her book, The Problem with Parenting: How Raising Children is Changing Across America (Praeger 2020), Nancy makes the case for rethinking parenting, and that a more family-friendly way of raising our kids is not just possible, but necessary. Nancy is a former chair of the Park Slope Parents advisory board and an associate of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. She lives with her family in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
Michaeleen Doucleff: A correspondent for NPR’s Science Desk, Michaeleen was part of the 2015 team that earned a George Foster Peabody award for its coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Prior to joining NPR, Doucleff was an editor at the journal Cell, where she wrote about the science behind pop culture. She has a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in viticulture and enology from the University of California, Davis. She lives with her husband, daughter, and German shepherd, Mango, in San Francisco. Her first book, Hunt, Gather, Parent, was an instant New York Times bestseller.
Lenore Skenazy: Ever since her column “Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone” created a firestorm, Lenore has been declaring that our kids are smarter and safer than our culture gives them credit for. For this, she was labeled “America’s Worst Mom.” Nice. She turned around and started the Free-Range Kids movement, lecturing around the world and hosting the reality show, “World’s Worst Mom.” Now Lenore is President of LetGrow, the nonprofit making it easy, normal, and legal to give kids back some independence. The second edition of her classic volume Free-Range Kidscomes out this June! She recently spoke to Dax Shepard about parenting on his "Armchair Expert" podcast, here.