The NYT breaks the scandal today that bragging about one's child is an annoying pasttime of too-competitive upper-middle-class parents. It involves bumper stickers and soccer field taunts.
But if you're a first-time dad, is it ok? Or is that just how it starts: "I don't think people will want to hear about how your 7-year-old did in an exam or how good their penmanship is," [dad-on-the-street of a 7-mo Greg DeMammos] said. "You get more slack from having a baby."
The article gives a mention to Annette Lareau's book, Unequal Childhoods, in which "upper-middle-class" parents practice what she calls "concerted cultivation" while "working class" parents focus on "natural growth." The former involves a lot of explaining and structured activities, the latter, sounds like unsupervised play and a lot of TV. was definitely ahead of the curve with this one. Half-Changed World discussed the study way back in May. Her car probably has an "I SO blogged this before you" bumper sticker on it.
Honk If You Adore My Children [nyt]