Wiseman's "Perfect Parent" continuum is really just a conglomeration of everyday adjectives packaged in fancy self-help speak. The usual stereotypes are all there: thin, pretty, athletic, moneyed. Ok, fine. I think my six year-old could have created this list. It's not rocket science. Wiseman's "breakthrough" is actually a lot like the science fair experiment where children indicate whether they prefer the white, blue-eyed doll with blonde hair or the black,
I liked the parent profiles and their cleverly labeled subtypes (Ann Taylor Anthology and Home Depot Demographics) but overall I found them too confining. What about the mom who works from home, who gets along fairly well with the other playground moms, but who sometimes misses a classroom party because she'd rather go to the gym alone for the first time in months?* Where is the profile for that mom, Ms. Wiseman?
Up next: Wiseman's take on youth sports and the crazies who coach and watch from the sidelines.
*After conferring with Madhubby, I was told I am a "Starbucks & Sympathy/Banker Mom." I don't normally gossip, but you'll never believe who I saw buying a pregnancy test today...