Slide 12: Learning to be a Parent
Yet satisfaction is hard to find, as Burt and Verona discover during a cross-country tour where they meet examples of the modern American family in various stages of dysfunction. Burt and Verona’s confusion about what they should be as parents reflects a general cultural malaise. Parents today, unhappy with the shortcomings of the traditional nuclear family, try to find their own way. They turn to books, magazines like Babytalk, classes and websites, all of which show them what parents should be—and almost all of which traffic in stoking parental insecurities and, then, providing the necessary remedy.