Leave it to The Onion to get parents all riled up over a fake story. The California Parenting Institute even had to issue a statement clearing up the fact that the piece was not real and that the quote from the CPI was made up.
The headline in The Onion was hilarious. It read, “Study Finds Every Style of Parenting Produces Disturbed, Miserable Adults.” That sounds about right doesn’t it? Of course, people who read the satire magazine know that their stories are made up to be funny. The problem is people posted it throughout the Internet without attributing it to the publication, and then people started believing that it was real. Can you imagine? Of course those who are parents realize that no matter what you do, you generally screw something up with your child, which may be why the fake study seemed so believable.
Part of the hilarious fake quote in The Onion, which was attributed to CPI, said, “Despite great variance in parenting styles across populations, the end product is always the same: a profoundly flawed and joyless human being.”
The CPI released a statement that said, “The falsified study quoted in The Onion states that all parenting styles lead to the same outcome–unhappy, miserable adults. We have been around a long time because we know that parent education does work.”
It is a little scary that one little false study and satirical story can cause such confusion. It just goes to show how insecure people are about parenting. It is truly a tough job, and most parents really want to get it right.
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