In the NY Times Book Review, Alissa Quart reviews a whole slew of childrearing-related books which either feed or refute her hypothesis that, more and more, it's not about the kids; it's all about mothers and their fulfillment.
Let me take a page from Rebel Dad's playbook and note that in all the militant feminism-vs-militant femininity conflict over mothers' changing/conflicting roles, not only are dads' roles not on the table, dads themselves are entirely invisible. Now it may just be that the review is about moms, but still...
If the ladies ever get this parenting stuff sorted out, tell'em to come get me; I'll know I should be watching TV or away on business, but I'll probably be over there playing with the kid.
Meanwhile, The Zero Boss has already reviewed the scariest of all the books mentioned, the deadly unfunny Should Parents Be Licensed?. In honor of its ethics- and logic-free call for state power over the most basic choices of human identity and existence, the book's author has been inducted into The Zero Boss Asshat Hall of Fame. Her (unlicensed) mother must be so proud.]
Child Rearing: The Parent Trap [the headline should read, The Female Parent Trap, NYT]
Are You...Licensed? [The Zero Boss]
We license plumbers and pilots, why not parents? [Peg Tittle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer op-ed]