So it would appear that things have changed quite a lot since I first became a parent.
Of course every generation will experience their own unique parenting trends, from lotus births to helicopter parenting to eating the baby’s placenta but one thing that is a constant is that all of these ideas, go in and out of fashion.
2015 brings with it, its own set of parenting trends, some which will be useful and others, well, not so much…
1. Pee Parties
Now wait, before you type this term into a search engine, it’s probably not what you are thinking. Or maybe it is. Basically, a ‘Pee Party’ is a group of women getting together and peeing on pregnancy tests in unison. They do this virtually by the way, they aren’t sitting around the lounge room holding sticks with urine on them as they sip a latte and eat scones.
There are a few factors; the women need to be on the same cycle and able to get together at the same time in an online hangout where they reveal their test results. This does mean of course that unless their partner is there with them, these virtual strangers know their (good or bad) news before their significant other does.
Also to be considered are the effects of a negative result and how this will be even more devastating to process publically, especially if the other women in the group conceive.
I suppose many would feel this is a bit weird and I was always very much a ‘test in the toilet and hold my breath for 5 minutes’ kind of gal, but again, the times, they are a changing and if this makes these ladies happy and feel included in what can often be a daunting and long process, then I guess, they should go for it.
Quite simply, these are breastfeeding selfies. Or to break it down even further, a picture a mother takes of herself breastfeeding her baby and then posts on social media. Now, I myself wasn’t breastfeeding in the days where uploading a photo was instantaneous.
I would have had to take a picture on a digital camera, pull out the SD card, import it onto my computer and three hours later via dial-up Internet, upload to Facebook. Which is just as well really because I was far too busy dealing with mastitis and sleep deprivation to even contemplate sharing my struggle with the world.
These pictures though, are, for the most part, an empowering display for women to share with the world, just how natural and bonding the experience can be. Critics however, say that it simply “Naked exhibitionism” and women are using the pictures to shame parents who have trouble breastfeeding. I say, each to their own.
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3. Crowd Funding Babies
Look, babies are expensive, especially if couples are left with little to no choice other than to undergo IVF treatment. This is why one of the fastest growing Crowdfunding ventures (the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet) is babies. Couples are setting up accounts with a monetary target so they can start attempt or continue trying to conceive.
Want more like this? Try: The actual cost of having a baby is terrifyingly high.
4. Half Birthdays
Let me spell out what a ‘Half Birthday’ is if it’s not already obvious. When a baby turns 6 months old (so yes, half a year old), some parents are throwing their babies a birthday party. Complete with invites and baby farm animals and a Woman’s Weekly birthday cake.