Pink is the New Black

December 19, 2008

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There is a great, campy movie from the ’90s called Josie and the Pussycats.  The premise is that a talented and naive rock band, the Pussycats, are signed by an evil record label that wants to use them as a front for their devilish plot to use subliminal messaging in popular music.  The messages contained in the music, in turn, define all teen trends- i.e., pink is the new black.  A reader recently posted a comment, “nurturing is the new hovering,” that got me thinking.

We are so concerned with our kids coming out perfect, as if there is such a thing, and/or are so wracked with guilt about what we aren’t providing for them, that we cling to parenting approaches that require us to hover and overprotect our kids– we overparent.  And the pressure is so great to join the overparenting craze that you end up pretending to be a part of it even when you are secretly thinking the whole thing is insane.  It is kind of like in middle school when I said that Jon was my favorite New Kid on the Block just to get everyone to shut up about my hating them. 

While the messaging in Josie and the Pussycats is evil- pink will never be the new black- I think the reader’s comment is right on target and perhaps our response to the overparenting craze should be nurturing is the new hovering.

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