As UX designers, we have the responsibility to apply what we know beyond our 9-5 workday. Everywhere we go, we look at the world and have ideas of how we can make it better. We are in our cars and have at least ten ideas of how the experience of being in it and driving it can be better, from the dashboard layout to the size and placement of the cupholders. We go through ANY airport, and we come out with our long list of no-nos.
So why is it that when we are home, raising our kids, we don’t apply the same kind of critical vigilance in trying to make it a better experience for all?
There is a massive opportunity for us to change the way we parent. Our kids are the consumers of our parenting, and they (and the world) deserve the best experience we can design for them. We have the professional know-how, but we are prisoners of cultural and societal norms which have defined the outdated parenting styles we still use.