And So It Was Blogged (XV)

Friday, July 16, 2010

We’re hitting the road this morning. Actually, let’s take a couple of steps back … we bought a new car! It’s our first ever family car. Feeling like grown folks now. And we’re wasting no time in putting our fly ride to the test. Oh, yes. Road triiiip! QB even has a new, big boy-style car seat, too. We’re all feeling pretty snazzy.  So we’re going to have to make this snappy; my boys are waiting for me in (wait for it) THE CAR. Before any horns start honking, here’s the Best of the Blogs—my rundown of what I thought were the prime bloggy cuts from this 28th week of 2010.

1. Celebrity Jeopardy
I don’t envy celebrities. OK. Having the money to live how you choose is pretty gratifying, but the stuff that typically comes tied to it? Pass. One of the more irksome and unfair things has to be people—actually, common strangers—criticizing your non-celeb, young child. The gossip rags/blogs have been tearing off their shirts over Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s cutie Shiloh because she apparently dresses like a “tomboy.” Recently, Jolie defended her four-year-old daughter‘s fashion choices. This prompted Slate‘s Explainer 2010 to look into whether children have always worn gender-specific gear. Hmmm. Shiloh: Tiny tot or trailblazer? Let no one be the  judge.

Over at Salon.com’s broadsheet, staff writer Mary Elizabeth Williams says that the “wear whatever you want, kids” approach might not be the best idea.

2. Sweet Child Not Mine
I’m not one of these new moms who feels like everyone should run out and get them some babies. There are folks who don’t want children. I respect that 100 percent, and I’m not big on prying to find on what’s behind their choice either. Still, I found this headline and story on Slate interesting about the “real reasons” more woman are sidestepping the mom path.

3. The Kid is All Right
If you’ve thought about having more children and landed squarely on the side of one-and-done, this Time magazine cover story is practically calling your name. It sets out to debunk the “he/she will be so lonely” line and other only-child myths. (This online version is abridged. For the full story, pick up a print copy or pull it up on your iPad. And if you have an iPad, I don’t want to hear about it! I’m jealous just typing the word.)

4. Staying Strong
There’s a new documentary coming out that deserves attention. Resilience: Stories of Single Black Mothers is about, well, single black mothers. Specifically, it shares the stories of three remarkable women raising kids “solo.” (I hesitate to say they’re doing it alone because that detracts from the incredible support network they have in their friends and extended family. It takes a village, right?) Here’s the trailer:

5. Brits and Their Wit
I found this new dad blog out of the UK called Daddy Dazed. The posts seem to be short, but fun. For a laugh, read the most recent one here.

Have a good weekend. We’ll see you next week, when I’ll have reports from New Car Road Trip 2010.

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