674: Natural Parenting
Title text: On one hand, every single one of my ancestors going back billions of years has managed to figure it out. On the other hand, that's the mother of all sampling biases.
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This comic relates to the anxiety most couples experience after having a child. Often people will advice new parents to do what comes naturally and trust their instincts. This offers little help to the new parents.
In this comic a couple finds themselves with a child. Both parents experience anxiety over how to manage their life with the child. The father, to defuse the situation states that parenting can not be that hard, and that they should do what comes naturally. Later the couple find them selves with a second child and still no idea about how to parent. Since the couple was attracted to each other enough to have a child in the first place, doing what comes naturally included having another child. Thus the "natural" instincts for breeding are strong, but the instincts for raising children properly are weak, incomplete, or non-existent.
The title text claims that parenting can't be too hard because historically everyone's grandparents must have figured it out since they produced a child that successfully bred. Randall jokes that this is the "mother" of all sampling biases because his ancestors represent only the (possibly small) fraction who successfully raised children, instead of the entire sample of people attempting to raise children.
The baby says, "Baby!", either copying Cueball, or saying its name, Pokémon-style.
441: Babies is another strip featuring clueless new parents.
Natural parenting may be an allusion to attachment parenting. This strategy for child-rearing normally entails extended nursing and encourages positive reinforcement. Sometimes modern medicine and processed foods are restricted as well. Natural parenting approaches can vary greatly from parent to parent. Because of the awkwardness and stigma of breastfeeding as well as its traditionalism, attachment parenting can elicit powerful opinions from both its opponents and proponents. Various media and politicians have seized on this hot topic, as well as motherhood in general. Extreme natural parenting methods became the notorious cover story of TIME Magazine in May 2012.
- [Cueball and Megan are standing with a baby in between them.]
- Cueball: Oh man, we made a baby.
- Megan: Don't panic. Don't panic.
- Baby: Baby!
- Cueball: Parenting can't be that hard. Let's just do what comes naturally.
- [Beat frame.]
- [There are now two babies in between them.]
- Megan: Aw, crap.
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