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Sunday, 25 March 2001

Do The Experts Drive You Crazy?

Written by  Ruth Mason

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How many times have you read something written by an expert and thought: Oh, he's an expert. What does he know? He's not here in the trenches with me.

Yet, we seem to be a generation of parents hooked on experts. The bookstores are loaded with their books. Magazines feature their words of wisdom. Web sites and radio call-in shows enable you to directly ask them questions.

It's understandable. We don't live in a traditional culture anymore when child-rearing do's and don'ts were passed on from Grandma to Mom to us. Things have changed so much since Grandma's and even Mom's time that we often feel their advice is antiquated and ill-suited to today's generation of children.

I'm not knocking experts. In fact, some of my favorite people are experts (and some of my favorite experts are right here on this site.) What I'm interested in is our ability - or inability -- to make use of their advice. How many of us can read something by an expert, internalize it, use it and have it work? Cary Jacoby talks about her difficulty following expert advice and reviews a book that finally did help her in Everyday Blessings in our new Expert-itis section. Parent educator Shoshana Hayman answers one mom who complains: I Can't Apply All that Good Parenting Advice!

I wonder if our reliance on experts dulls our most precious teacher when it comes to child-rearing: our intuition. Shoshana Hayman suggests ways to incorporate our intuition with expert advice in You Are the Expert.

Sara Rivka Ernstoff brings her laugh-out-loud sense of humor to the topic in Experts: To Trust or Not To Trust? And our own Sherri Lederman Mandell makes us laugh some more in Beware of Experts.

Enjoy!

Copyright Ruth Mason, 2000

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Ruth Mason

Ruth Mason

Since the birth of her first child, writing about children has been Ruth's hobby, passion and profession. An award-winning journalist, she has published in Parents Magazine, Family Circle, Woman's Day and many other national and local publications. She has worked as a child-care worker, newspaper reporter, 60's activist and farmer. Ruth is married plus three, and is a certified parent educator and infant massage instructor. during the year 1999-2000 she was the director of the WholeFamily Parent Center.

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