While I'm all for being non-judgemental, I have to admit, I had a fair share of eye-rolling moments when I read these pieces of news. And one even triggered my sensitive gag reflex. I bet you'll find this weird as well!
Chew your food and then kiss-feed it to your baby
Alicia Silverstone tops that list. She feels that it's perfectly normal to chew your food and then fed it to your baby. That's precisely how she fed her 11-month-old son (now 3) called Bear Blu (yup, that's his name). She claimed that the baby loved it and would go for her mouth when he saw her eat. For those who want to see the graphic version of this, a simple Google search will show you the uncut version where she chews and then transfers the food from her mouth, straight into his!
Eat your placenta
How far would you go to beat postpartum depression? Would you, for instance, contemplate eating your placenta? That's exactly what Mad Men actress January Jones did, which, she claimed was the reason why she never got postpartum depression. She didn't find anything unnatural about it either, adding instead that it was a "very civilised thing". For those who are envisioning her souping it up in a bowl, don't let you imagination run wild. She dried it up and made pills out of it. Does that make it better? Not really.
Let your older child watch the birth of your baby
While it is now not unusual for fathers to watch the birth of their children, having the older child be there is probably unheard of. Not if you're Mayim Bialik, better known as Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory. She let her older son Miles, then almost three, watch the birth of her second baby who was born at home. Bialik, who apart from being an actress, is also a neuroscientist thought nothing of giving the toddler the choice of being there, both before and during the birth process.
So, as she went into labour and pushed, Miles sat in his highchair eating a bowl of granola. And if you think this is where is ended, then you are jumping the gun. As she wrote in her blog-"Three pushes later, Frederick slithered out, and Miles was carried out of his highchair to cut the cord. A small spurt of blood startled him, and he promptly asked my husband to finish the job".
The next time a man says he's queasy around blood, tell him it's child's play.
Androgynous parenting taken seriously
Genderless upbringing is now the 'in' thing in modern parenting. I believe in it too. Not because it's suddenly in fashion, but because I believe in the whole instincts-versus-conditioning style of upbringing. However, I would not go as far as a Canadian couple-Kathy Witterick and David Stocker-did a few years ago. They kept the sex of their baby, named Storm, a secret from the world as "a tribute to freedom and choice". Only a few people knew and even their older kids were told to not divulge the gender of their brother/sister. The parents faced a fair amount of flak for their extreme decision.
Would you pay 24k an hour to teach your child to play with other kids?
Some parents in New York don't think much about shelling out $400 an hour in an effort to make their children more social. The aim? School admissions. Elite schools in New York (as elsewhere) mark children on their social skills. So, even if your child is bright, but looks like he's a bit of a loner, he's not going to make the cut. This is where the play date consultants come in. That's right, there is such a thing; and parents are paying $400 to these consultants to teach their children to interact with other kids. That's some play date. How about taking them to the park? I'd say that's not only a cheaper, but a far more natural option!
Do you have other stories that should have been on this list? Do comment below and let all of us sleep-deprived parents have a laugh!