We live in a world in which you can, if you have the money, pay other people to do pretty much anything for you, which means we also live in a world in which all sorts of people are willing to charge you money to do those things. And so, with parenting, we go. There's a piece in The New York Times today by Matt Richtel about the new-new parenting, i.e., teaching your children manners by hiring etiquette counselors instead of going the DIY route. Because why would you do it yourself? "These etiquette experts say that new approaches are needed because parents no longer have the stomach, time or know-how to play bad cop and teach manners."
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