Why Parents Should Strive to Become More 'Average'

Blogger Ilana Wiles explains why she thinks so-called "tiger moms," "free-range" parents and "helicopter" parents should drop the labels and be more average, and she shares her tips for how to do it.
2:37 | 09/27/16

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Everybody, there's a lot of advice out there to be a better parent. Ilana wiles is sharing her tips in "The mommy shorts guide to remarkably average parenting", say that fast three times, everybody. We'll talk to her in a moment. First here's a look at her approach. I'm Ilana, this is Matthew and Harlow. The form he ad exec turned mom entrepreneur and talking about raising kids on her blog mommy shorts. Now putting back the curtain. In her new book, "The mommy shorts guide to remarkably average parenting" advocating a laid back approach to parenting is one of the greatestist goes you can give yourself. Wiles calling out attachment, free range and helicopter parents saying put labels aside, we all have the same issues. Telling parents, hey, it's okay to hand over the iPad so you can get dressed in the morning or if your bathroom sink looks like a scene from "The bachelor" or if your toddler's dinner is mostly ketchup. Ilana wiles, thank you for joining me. And, you know, I love this book. I wish you would have written it a long time when my girls were really small. You talk about helicopter parent, tiger parent, free-range parents, you say let it all go, embrace being average, what exactly does that mean to you? I think there's so much pressure to be a perfect parent today that a lot of moms actually feel like bad parents so I think embracing remarkably average is actually aspirational. I think if you can, you know, you see all these perfect pictures of parenting on instagram and things like that and, you know, those people are just good photographers and they're good art directors. They're not necessarily having a different experience than anybody else. You take 20 pictures just 0 get that one right that looks like your kids are behaving. I do it. I post pictures. I do it too. But almost seems counterintuitive. Have no expectations. You know, have selective memory and what do you mean by that? Well, by selective memory I took my kids to an amusement park and we had a fabulous time the whole day and at the end my oldest daughter flipped out because we were leaving and had a total meltdown. I can choose to remember it as the meltdown at the end or I can remember her beautiful smile when we were on the roller coaster for the first time and she -- and everything was great so it's kind of like up to me what I take away from that day. In other words, you just look to take the positive out of it. Yeah. Which I love that. And, you know, Ilana's new book available and out right now. Make sure you get that and I

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