If I were to ever have a baby, and he were to be a son, I’d want him to be a really good, stand-up guy who treats women well. So, according to psychiatrist Dennis Friedman, if I want this to be the case, I need to avoid one fatal parenting flaw—getting him a nanny. “It introduces him to the concept of The Other Woman,” says Friedman. “As a result, he grows up with the idea that although he will one day go through all the social and sexual formalities of marriage, he will have at the back of his mind the notion of this other woman, who not only knows, but caters for, all his needs.” In other words, guys who had a nanny or long-term babysitter when they were babies are more likely to be dogs when they grow up.
And this dude—who is in his 80s, by the way—also says getting a nanny or long-term babysitter also has bad consequences for baby girls. He says it creates a “vacuum of need” that women then try to fill with alcohol or sex.
What do you think of this guy’s theory? I’m putting it in the “bogus” category. [Newser]