Having greater access to information like the psychology of child-rearing isn’t always a good thing. For one, it can make it pretty easy to blame our parents for just about everything. Not good at making friends? Maybe your parents didn’t teach you to socialize. Convinced the world owes you something? Maybe your parents spoiled you as a child.
Millennials especially can find these thoughts comforting, but who could blame them? When article after article complain about their need for “participation trophies,” it’s pretty easy to flip the accusation towards the ones who gave them the “participation trophies”: their parents and the rest of the boomer generation. Now whether or not parents are to blame for far-reaching emotional issues that millennials are facing today, there may be one thing we can’t blame our parents for, and that’s our oral health.