Apparently, the latest "trend" in parenting is something called the CTFD (Calm The Fuck Down) technique. The following clip on Huffington Post explains this so-called idea:
I know many people want to stay current with the latest parenting trends -- attachment parenting, minimalist parenting, Tiger Mother parenting, et al. Well, I've stumbled upon a new technique that will guarantee your child grows up to be an exemplary student and citizen. It's called CTFD, which stands for "Calm The F*ck Down."
This whole idea of tracking "trends" in parenting is interesting to me on multiple levels but the one I find most intriguing is the language in use here. First of all, it's being called a "trend". Not some style or technique or (more accurately) an archetype. It's a "trend" like "the latest trends in Summer 2013 Hawaii Chappall collection" or "Hip Bathroom tiles trends in marbles and mosaics". Yes, it's been called parenting for 2000 years and now, it's a part of the fashion industry. Suddenly, it's a trend, it's a style, it's an option, it's a fad, it's the "in"-thing and it's an all Do-it-Yourself (DIY) themed enterprise involving your own kids for you to try, give it a shot, take a stab at and see if it sticks and thereby, help them grow up as responsible citizens.
Folks, I have never been a parent. I am completely ignorant of this subject and my sum total experience in this is pretty much in the same neighborhood as Salman Khan or a 3-foot block of dead wood. But I can assure you this, that if you are a parent trying to keep up-to-date with the latest trends in parenting and accordingly, treat your kid with 8 months of minimalist parenting, then 4 months of helicopter parenting during the summers, followed by 6 months of Tiger-mom parenting in Fall and then try a mix-n-match between Bubble Wrap and Calm-the-Fuck-Down styles in rotation every 2 months, you have no one else to blame for if your kid runs away from home, willfully admits himself into one of those boarding schools who force 16 hours of study hours a day to children, becomes completely indoctrinated to "you are always on your own in this world" school of thought, develops mainstream society notions of success like advanced business degrees / industry certifications and eventually becomes a successful divorce lawyer.
Just to clarify, I am not at all against collecting data or analyzing various styles of parenting. It’s only human to be curious about a subject like this and such kind of introspective and retrospective analysis can be quite revealing. But by branding it a "trend" and talking like a Victoria Secret salesman, some unsuspecting stranger is falling into thinking how you parent your kid is a choice to be picked off the aisle of a supermarket like a box of a cereal or some kind of seasonal fruit in the produce section. And I leave it to real parents to comment if this is how parenting works.