In an excellent Boston Globe article, writer Tom Scocca lays out what you already kind of suspected: the burgeoning crop of parenting advice books is designed to lock you in with a combination of authoritativeness and anxiety. Also, yes, the authors are engaging in ongoing internecine battles with competing ideologues, and if the books are the cannons, you are the fodder. Also, it was so much easier in the old days, when everyone just did what Dr. Spock told her. Him, oh wait, no him, just her.
Also, holy crap, their baby came nine weeks early while they were still in Beijing??
Can't You All Just Get Along? [boston.com via og daddy type choire]