Mum came across this article from the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this year, Generation Vexed. The article talks about how us generation x’ers might be overdoing things when it comes to parenting…

Mark, 31, a social researcher, has investigated how generation X parents handle parenting. He and other researchers have found that contrary to the dated image of a cynical, aimless generation, Xer parents can’t do enough for their offspring, investing almost every spare moment in their children’s futures.

Could you associate this behaviour with someone who writes blogs and posts copious photos of their child’s development? And there’s more…

But many generation Xers have become “hyperparents”, trying to plan every aspect of their children’s education and leisure

Mmmm that reminds me, must not forget to take Harry to his swimming lesson tomorrow. Seriously, I almost feel guilty because unlike some of our friends we’re yet to enroll Harry into any form of secondary education!

There’s also some interesting statistics on the social changes since the baby boomers…

Parents today are squeezing what they can out of that non-work time to actively care for their children. In 1974 boomer mothers of children aged four and under spent 17.1 hours a week in physical interaction – playing, reading, emotional care, driving them around – compared to generation X mums spending 19.6 hours in 1997 (though that figure is down from 24.3 hours in 1992). Boomer dads in 1974 spent just 4.2 hours a week, while generation X dads in 1997 spent 9.6 hours. Michael Bittman, of the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of NSW, predicts the next Bureau of Statistics parenting study, planned for next year, will show even more time actively spent with the children.

Glad I’m not a boomer Dad, I don’t think I’d survive on only 4.2 hours of Harry a week!

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