This new generation of parents, raised on constant reminders of their own individual uniqueness, refuses to see themselves as merely the latest in a long line of people who have reared children. Because they have so little perspective beyond their own limited experience, their search for authenticity and meaning quickly deteriorates into an orgy of exposure and self-regard. Children are relegated to the role of stagehands in their parents' dramatic transformation from boy to man, girl to woman. The result, as a recent crop of parenting memoirs and magazines reveal, is a turn from stoicism to solipsism.Children as props to the realization of self:
The dominant characteristic of the hipster is a perpetual, ironic knowingness. But if there is one lesson parenthood teaches you, it is that there is little you can be knowing about; everything is new and your daily life now caters to the whims of tiny and fickle little creatures. The experience of parenthood strips you of pretensions. But the uncertainty and insecurity that is a normal part of the experience of parenthood is anathema to people whose currency is being in the know. As a result, hipster parents strenuously resist what parenthood actually demands: sacrifice, compromise and the necessity of maintaining a certain dignity. Instead, they dress their infants in Che Guevara onesies, pack them off to a bar to hear a new band and declare themselves alt.Read more here. It's the inaugural story in a series planned by the National Post.
But....Shudder, Che onesies....
Hat tip to Dom Bettinelli on Facebook.