The Onion story that brought tears to parents’ eyes

If you have read any of my past couple of posts you will know that I have just recently had Monkey #2 – on November 4 at 10:45 PM to be precise. She weighed in at just 6lbs exact and is just beautiful. We are all in awe of her, including Monkey #1. In light of this momentous occasion, I will continue with NaBloPoMo (posting everyday in November) until it becomes impossible. These first few days with a new bub are always the most hectic. It’s already a relief to experience my body kicking into a place where it is remembering how it did all of this the first time around and making it easier this time around.
I jotted down my birth story in point form while I was in hospital – something I also did for Monkey #1. I’d like to write it up over the next couple of days…again, time permitting.
In the meantime I leave you with a story from The Onion that has been doing the rounds on the Internet. Fact or fiction? You decide. This is a timely reminder to me as a parent that we parents just never seem to get it right 😉

SANTA ROSA, CA—A study released by the California Parenting Institute Tuesday shows that every style of parenting inevitably causes children to grow into profoundly unhappy adults. “Our research suggests that while overprotective parenting ultimately produces adults unprepared to contend with life’s difficulties, highly permissive parenting leads to feelings of bitterness and isolation throughout adulthood,” lead researcher Daniel Porter said. “And, interestingly, we found that anything between those two extremes is equally damaging, always resulting in an adult who suffers from some debilitating combination of unpreparedness and isolation. Despite great variance in parenting styles across populations, the end product is always the same: a profoundly flawed and joyless human being.” The study did find, however, that adults often achieve temporary happiness when they have children of their own to perpetuate the cycle of human misery.

Oh dear! Us poor parents. Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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