Parents all know that parenting goes through cycles and has trends.
One day kids need cotton clothes and the next day they don't. (I don't know...I don't have any kids, but it seems like it might be a thing...)
It can be hard to keep up with the times, and 2018 isn't going to make things any easier.
Justin Worsham of The Dad Podcast has experience with some of the new popular trends and has feelings on how they might impact children and lives.
Take nursery trends, Justin believes that "this monochromatic movement is nothing more than a setup for future medical journals about how monochromatic nurseries are destroying imagination and creativity or a decrease in diagnosed color blindness. Any time you make a big shift in one direction, the pendulum always swings back the other way. The hypocrite in me also thinks we way overthink this stuff, and who cares what color a baby's room is? They are drooling, pooping, flesh slugs….that we love very much."
What about baby bucket lists and journals?
"All of the baby bucket lists, journals, and trackers are mostly first time parents and perfect if they only have one kid. Because, if not, then they just become therapy fodder for their second child. My older son’s baby book is soooo full. While my younger son commented when he was about 4, “Why aren’t there any pictures when I was a baby?” If this is you, don’t stress. Research shows the youngest often perceive themselves to be their parents' favorite when they reach adulthood."
Listen to Gary and Shannon's full conversation with Justin Worsham of The Dad Podcast right here!
To hear more of Justin's take on the top parenting trends of 2018, and other parenting topics, you can check out all of his stuff at The Dad Podcast
Check out his latest episode with Dr. Jay about parenting myths.