This week, the Britmum's Blog Prompt is 'My biggest pet peeve is…' Mine, as many people who read this blog will have noticed, is the misrepresentation of clinical research to try to prove a theory that it does not, in fact, back up. I wouldn't have bothered writing a blog post just to say that, but it happens to be a good lead-in for something on which I'd like your opinions.
I have decided to take my sister's advice. For those of you who don't know, I occasionally, when I can get the time, write posts discussing and debunking popular parenting-related claims on such thrilling subjects as sleep training (has it really been shown to be harmful to babies?), breastfeeding older children (bad? beneficial?), and the MMR (was there any good foundation to the supposed link with autism?). (With apologies for the spoilers, my conclusions were that the answers to those questions are, respectively, no, no, not particularly, and no, respectively.)
Anyway, my sister has suggested that I set up a separate blog for this genre of post – a debunk-the-parenting-mythology blog, along the lines of the wonderful but now defunct Mainstream Parenting. I objected that it would be a pretty empty blog given how infrequently I find time to write that sort of post. So what, she responded (I'm paraphrasing) – just put the posts up there when you can, and people who are googling for information on those subjects can still read them. So, I have decided that, some time over the next couple of months when I have a bit of spare time, I'll give it a shot.
Now, the important question – what should I call it? So far, my ideas are:
Parenting Myths, Parenting Facts
The Science Of Parenting (which also happens to be the title of a well-known book, so I would have to put in a disclaimer about not having anything to do with the book, and I'm not absolutely sure where I'd stand on copyright terms even then. On the plus side, it would be handy for increasing the Google hits.)
Mythbusting Mum (hmmm. I don't think so. Alliterative, but too twee.)
So I throw the floor open to you, my dear readers, inviting votes and vetoes on those and/or alternative suggestions.