I'm going to actively seek out more sites like this I think, esp debunking. I always operate on the premise that no one system/trick/etc will work on any child, because doing so is a system that has not failed me.
I know many optimistic, or challenged, or overcome parents that are regularly taken in by parenting guru books/blogs, which usually also feature photographic evidence of children that are obviously perfect, doubtless due to the superior ability & systems of the writer.
Too often the optimistic suddenly doubt themselves, the challenged start to think of themselves as defeated & the overcome feel they are hopeless cases, themselves or their children, when whatever magic bean advice they glean fails them.
I tell them what I see when I read these things, what I hope they'll see.
Sometimes the advice is bad, sometimes it's okay or good, but almost always appears in such an idealized form that every word should be taken with a bucket of salt, because we're only supposed to strive to reach ideals, we are never intended to achieve them in these matters.
& I take issue with the presenters that confidently tell parents what is possible by describing perfection, then couching it in terms that leads the parents to believe they achieved it, followed by a picture of a picture perfect kiddo.
Thankfully there are getting to be more & more "real mommy" blogs, ones that contain more of the poop & less of the paradise. IMO the weary, cynical crazy mom blogs are far more realistic. & always funnier too.
There's nothing wrong with making something look easy, some people respond well to it. But the more complex the subject matter... still easy?
I see the same thing with self-help stuff, lately there have been revelatory books about just how fucked up (read as real) the people who wrote/write them often are. But they chose to present as perfect & people suffered for it.