Should basic education and certification requirements be put in place that make titles such as "Parenting Expert" legally defined professions similar to counselors, child care providers, and beauticians? The last three occupations require training before working with the public, but parenting experts and authors can be self-identified and promoted with no training or evidence that their theories are beneficial.
I write this question here because of lengthy difficulties I have had in disentangling the unbalanced parenting "advice" given by previously claimed psychologist Naomi Aldort in her book Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves (http://www.amazon.com/Ph-Disclaim-Author
The Five Love Languages of Children is written by professionals, but has no scientific evidence base. Do new parents realize that when they pick up the book? Foster Cline, developer of Love and Logic, also developed a highly controversial form or attachment "therapy" that has been completely rejected by the American Psychological Association (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attachment_
I am also motivated to lobby for professional accreditation for parenting experts after basically loosing an older sister through "Tough Love" as my mother was encouraged via this parenting philosophy to set rigid standards and disallow a child to live with her who wouldn't follow those standards (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tough_love)
What do you think? Do you think that new parents are vulnerable and deserve some protection from the highly lucrative parenting publishing industry? Do you think it is up to each person to sort parenting authors out and "too bad" for the parents who don't have the education and savvy to recognize a disreputable or potentially harmful author when they read one? Or could there be a middle ground of voluntary accreditation, including disclosing a parenting author's education, professional licensure, and professional affiliations on their book jackets?