Via @mack_mccoy, I found out about the protective baby pod. This goes waaaaaaaay beyond a stroller or car safety seat concept. From a Fast Company article, titled Creepy Product of the Month, it “is intended to keep your infant protected in the event of disasters, such as chemical warfare. We’re talking an LED screen that monitors air quality inside the pod, an auto-rocking unit that can soothe babies sans adult humans, and …” Well, you get the point.
Mercy! But I can hear all my generational theory buddies chuckling.
Is this ever classic GenX (Nomad archetype) style parenting. Whereas Boomers primarily raised their children in Society’s Fall (read: time of abundance) and believed that their personal relationship with their child would be the fuel needed to empower their ever-so-special children to become great, GenXers do not play that game. They’re much more practical. Especially having grown up during Society’s Summer (read: carefree and hands-off parenting).
I’m not calling one style or generation better than the other. But they sure are different.
For GenXers, who are in midlife during Society’s Winter (read: cold, harsh, difficult) they are, by nature of the intersting cycles of generations, the primary gen influencing the care of children during this era. GenXers (Nomads) raise the next generation of Artist archetypes (last cycle: Silent/Depression Era Babies … and this time around, Homeland Gen).
For GenX parents — and this is really, really important for anyone who works with them as parents or with their kids — it is paramount that the baby always feels safe. No matter what. (I have goose bumps writing this.) GenXers flip their childhood experience (the shadow) in midlife adulthood by doing the opposite as they experienced, thus continuing the cycle that begat them.
The baby pod, officially called The Smart Baby Case, has “padding made of soft, flexible material supports the baby’s body, with liquid-filled padding around that delicate skull, so that your uniquely shaped infant will be both comfortable and protected at all times.”
It’s almost comical how on-target the generational theory is. But then again, it’s a God cycle, a natural thing. The amazing thing, too, about Americans, is that our culture holds so dear that we create our own destiny and can be free of our past, and still and yet, America experiences generational cycles like no other country. Much of this is because our Big Country Values are that hold so dear that we are on an upward trajectory of growth, and in that tenacity about those values, we become the country with the deepest experience of cyclical generational renewal. It’s quite a phenomenon.
Oh, and I really don’t proofread my blog posts that much. Just lettin’ ya know.