I still remember the first time I posted something on a Saturday night--and another dad commented on it like half an hour later--and being like, dude, this is it: I'm never going to a party without a Moon Bounce ever again.
But then last night, I realized the upside: I haven't had to extricate myself from any awkward conversations with batshit crazy, self-hating, upper-class hippies expounding their convoluted, data- and-logic-free, internally contradictory, grand generational theories of capitalist parenting. Instead, now I get to read them on the web!
...instead of wearing Candies and Vidal Sassoon jeans to increase their social clout, they now purchase too-cool-for-school baby gear, hoping for the same result. "During the formative years of today's parents, family, religion and government programs were very weak. They had no support systems," demographer Ann Fishman points out. "And as a result, we have these young parents who want a strong family, love their kids, want to give them everything, but they don't know it doesn't mean stuff."Oh, I know! Those people buying cashmere baby sweaters instead of food and $2000 cribs instead of insurance are horrible parents!
Instead of lobbying for a more family friendly environment, Gen X parents hit the stores, despite the fact that they carry 78 percent more debt than Baby Boomers did at the same age. But a cashmere sweater set for a newborn infant can't hide the fact that, in the United States, more than one in five children live in poverty. No $2,000 designer crib can make up for the fact we guarantee the elderly medical care, but not their children or grandchildren.
Also, I liked it better when Helaine Olen was schooling us on the importance of propriety and discretion by writing a giant article in the New York Times about reading her nanny's blog.
Spend, Spend, Spend: The New Model for Parenting [alternet.org which apparently became The Lefty Onion when I wasn't looking, via dt reader MCB]