By Kelly Arnell of Why did we have to have all these kids anyway?
A new study from University of Kingswell Science and Research finds that a lot of new studies are just plain stupid. The researchers at UKSR studied hundreds of recent studies, specifically in regards to parenting. They found many to be contradicting to one other.
We interviewed one local mom and asked her what she thought. Hayley Fisher, a part-time dental hygienist from Apple Bay, Wisconsin, said, “I am very disappointed to hear that a lot of studies are stupid. I depend on parenting studies to make the best possible decisions for raising my children.”
“I work part-time because half of the studies I’ve seen show being a stay-at-home-mom is best for your kids, while the other half show that working outside of the home is most beneficial, and since I can’t do both at the same time, I work part-time so my kids can reap the benefits of both scenarios.” She went on to say that she would prefer to simply work full-time but can’t fathom going against a study’s findings.
During our interview, Mrs. Fisher routinely placed her baby, 7-month-old Sunflower Ethel, in her stroller, only to pull her out and place her in a front carrier, then after a few minutes place her back in the stroller. When asked about this, Mrs. Fisher replied, “Again, there are many studies that show strollers are best, while others argue that carrying your baby is the only way to go. So in my efforts to provide the best possible start in life for my baby, I switch off between the two every five minutes.”
“Does this new study showing that a lot of studies are stupid change your mind about following parenting studies so closely?” we asked Mrs. Fisher.
“I just don’t know,” she said. “I’ve always depended on these studies. I don’t know what I would do without them. When Sunflower Ethel was born, I was dead set on breastfeeding. You know, because breast is best, but then one night I was up in the late feeding her, and I came across this new study that my old high school friend’s cousin posted on Facebook that said your kid could be too clingy if breastfed. And, I mean, I switched to formula the next day. I would feel awful if she were too clingy because of something I did.”
“What about mother’s intuition?” we asked Mrs. Fisher.
“I haven’t heard of them,” she replied. “Are you sure they are a reliable source?”
About the Author
Kelly Arnell is a stay at home mom from Wisconsin. She has a husband who is completely in charge of bath time, 3 little monsters to cherish and love and to drive her insane! When she is not yelling at her kids to stop licking things, changing poopy diapers or trying to all around keep her kids fed, clothed and alive, she can be found at her at her blog, Why did we have to have all these kids anyway? Visit her on Facebook and Twitter!