The other day I was showing these cards to my newborn. My husband made a comment about how infants can see only black and white and that they like the high contrast, thus the reason why our son was so intrigued by them. His father – joking- said, ” Wow. We didn’t have those when you were growing up and you turned out pretty good.”
True. This got me thinking. They didn’t know that such-n-such years ago and we all turned out fine!
Do you ever think that? Or wonder things like that? How is there all this research on what children should and should not do/eat/read/watch/see/hear/… coming out every day that is supposedly making them smarter/safer/healthier/happier/better/….
… but 10, 20, 30 years ago that research wasn’t there, and I think I turned out pretty happy and healthy. So did my mother and father, my grandparents, and my great- grandparents.
Wasn’t there a time when women who were pregnant would drink alcohol probably way to often? And here they are telling us to stay away from cheese!
Do you get what I’m saying?
I had formula as a baby, not breast milk and I didn’t grow up eating a lot of healthy foods, but here I am, healthy, happy, and thriving on life.
Can you tell the difference between a formula fed child and a breast-fed child? The difference between the child who came from a mother who ate fruits and vegetables her entire pregnancy or from the one who drank soda pop and a glass of wine every Friday? The difference between the child who watches an “educational” show a day verses the child who watches re-runs of Dora The Explorer all day long?
Maybe I’m playing devil’s advocate here, but do you get me?
I do think the current research is important. Obviously I do otherwise I wouldn’t be writing about it. I do think it means something and it’s important, and I believe that the research studies are true. Of course I do. It’s what I studied and will try and apply to my family’s life.
So then, what is it, that makes today different than 30 years ago? Even 10 years ago? Is it the potential that we might have, that maybe we were missing out on before? Is it that our children will be healthier, that our generation will have less diseases and live longer because of the new research studies be done and applied to life?
I don’t know..
Do you get me?