Wednesday, September 13, 2006
142 million pages - and counting
I just Googled the term 'parenting' and there were 142,000,000 pages available. Amazon.com offers 43,112 books on the subject. There are magazines, television programmes, courses, support groups, DVDs and more. In theory, we're the best informed parents in history.
But at the same time, we're probably the most inexperienced - and the most insecure. Often, the first baby we ever hold is our own and with ever increasing geographical mobility, we're not near enough to our families to turn to them for help.
Of course, there's no shortage of people telling us we're doing it all wrong - from the tutting pensioner in the supermarket queue to the headline in the newspaper. We're sitting ducks for whoever shouts their advice the loudest.
Don't you ever feel as if you just want to go and live on a desert island somewhere - with NO internet access, NO television and NO bookshops?