The latest thing we’re (purportedly) screwing up? We should’ve been toilet-training our son at six months. So says Salon’s Heather Turgeon, who reminds us that much of the world wraps up the diaper phase by then. Fear of Freud has Americans all screwed-up, apparently: We have been told that early toilet training leads to personality problems later on. (“Anal-retentive” is the key word.)
What’s interesting (and by “interesting” I mean “notably slipshod”) is that Turgeon doesn’t actually attempt to refute Freud, or cite the slightest bit of medical or scientific research, or do anything except ask a couple of friends what their families do overseas. The only science cited here involves whether a six-month-old can hold it in, and the results are semi-conclusive. Essentially, she just says “well, we Americans are silly about this.” To which I say, well, maybe we’re not. Clean up all the poo you want, ma’am. I’m waiting awhile before the diapers come off.