And So It Was Blogged (V)

Friday, April 23, 2010

It feels like just yesterday I was marveling at how quickly the weekend arrived … and here we are again. End of the week and I’m shaking my head at how it all went so quickly. Safe to say this “where did the time go” could be a recurring theme here. That and listing out the Best of the Blogs—my rundown of what I thought were the prime bloggy cuts from this 16th week of 2010.

1. Moms, Huddle Up
The fam is taking a trip to the Bahamas next month for my little sister’s wedding. (The beach is already calling us by name.) It will be the first real hotel-stay with QB. This raised some “Hey, what do we do about…”questions in our minds. I hit the web in search of answers, and got some super-fast ones from It’s this there-to-help community of moms sharing their advice, wisdom, ideas on practically everything parental.

Another fantastic mom community is this one. TheMotherhood is all about working together. As they say on the site, “there is infinite power in a community of mothers.” And, good news, they were just nominated for a Webby in the family/parenting category.

Also check out The Mother Huddle. It’s six women covering seven different topics from food to crafts to How-To “do just about anything.” There’s a segment called The Bullet List that spotlights one impassioned person who then kind of guest posts by talking about something that’s important to them in 10 or so bullet points. This week it was the blogger Aimee from family food blog Simple Bites who wrote about Jaime Oliver’s Food Revolution. She gives us these 12 ways to help your child get into eating (and liking!) real food.

And for all the Mamas, some New Rules to live by, thanks to the “it’s a best-selling book, a blog and an attitude” Bitches on a Budget.

2. Time-Out For Time Outs?
We will not be spanking QB. It’s just not in the discipline plan. But I have to admit, I don’t really get this concept of the time-out. And by “get,” I mean I don’t believe in them.

(Sidebar: Two years ago, my mother-in-law co-wrote a wonderful book called Beyond Time-Out: From Chaos to Calm. And one of the big messages in the book is that parenting advice over the last 50 years—with its emphasis on “talking, exalting children’s self-esteem, and time-outs—is largely to blame for today’s lack of discipline.” Agreed!)

Growing up, my Mum need only shoot one of her stone-cold looks my way and I was instantly straightened out. This week’s Momversation was all about this topic: How do you discipline your kid? Here’s the video blog.

3. Mr. Mom M3
An old friend and father to a little girl asked me to not forget the dads in my weekly wrap-ups. At first my stance was, Who cares about the dads? This is about moving from me to mom. I also did a few overboard eye-rolls. But then I thought about two moms I know who went back to work while their husbands are doing the stay-at-home-dad thing.

So, dads, here’s something for you … the M3 Summit: Modern Media Man conference. According to the smart site DadCentric, it’s the first major daddy blogging conference, and it’s going down in Atlanta in September. (Funny how DC calls it a daddy blogging confab while the official name of the summit says nothing about being a Poppa.)

4. We’ll Toast to That
My son has developed his own personality (yes, already!). But there are definitely things that he does that make me say, Yessir, That’s My Baby! Like, the love of toast. That little darling can eat it all day, everyday.

And so I was thinking of QB when I attended an event this week launching the Bread Art Project, which aims to fight childhood hunger in the States. Fun, and for a cause. Definitely worth checking out.

5. For the Love Of …
One of my favorite blogs is by photog/writer Karen Waldron’s Her post yesterday not only serves up lovely close-ups of Irises, but also a quote offering the definition of love.

Plus, with Earth Day on so many of our minds yesterday, KW links to an illustrator mom out of Indiana named Penelope Dullaghan, who has an artfully presented list of ways to show our Earth some love.

Have a good one, all. See you next week, yes?

  • 1

    Awwww! Thank you so much for the shout out!!!!!! This is an awesome list, we’re very honored to be included! Thank you!

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      Ms. Mack says:

      You’re most welcome, Cooper. How great is it that TheMotherhood, and all its hard work, is being recognized. Good luck with the Webby!


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    Destri says:

    Thank you so much! Truly you made my day. Wasn’t that article great?

    • 2.1
      Ms. Mack says:

      Hey, Destri! Thanks for the comment. Happy to hear I could add to your day, too. (And I really liked not just the article, but also that food blog. Good stuff.)


  • 3

    From all of us Daddies at the Modern Media Man Summit we thank you!

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      Ms. Mack says:

      Love that your name is “Genuine”! Thanks for the comment and for visiting the blog. Should be interesting to see the convos that come out of the big meet-up. (And, officially, I’m through with the eyerolls. Support is what I’ve got for the Dads.)


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    Sharoon says:

    I have a load of advice for you about the Bahamas! We got back from one last week, and with a toddler in tow you need to be super prepared. Thanks so much for posting on The Bread Art Project. Wouldn’t have known about it if it weren’t for your post.