And So It Was Blogged (XXVII)

Friday, October 15, 2010

It’s the middle of October. Do you know what you’re dressing your wee one as for Halloween? Yeah, neither do we. Last year, QB’s first ever Halloween, we went with a fuzzy spider:

 

Photo by Tadpole Studios

 

This year, judging from my son’s go-to choice in books, toys and even p’jammy-jams, I’m guessing he’s going to want to be something involving cars, trains or trucks.

Anyway, while I think that over, here’ s something for you … the Best of the Blogs—a few of the prime bloggy cuts from this 41st week of 2010

  • In our house, Saturday mornings are for pancakes (or French toast). The three of us really enjoy it, even if it’s at 8 o’clock in the morning. I’m looking forward to later when I’ll have two little helper hands at batter. So I chuckled when I came across this cleverly named blog, Stay at Stove Dad, and this post about the “fun” of making pancakes with your kids.
  • Baby talk is cute (uh, that is if it’s coming from the mouths of babes). It’s babble, despite what some eager parents might try to say. Did you hear that?! She just said “bicycle”! My 3-month old genius said bicycle. But all those ba-ba-bahs are actually key predictors of a child’s cognitive development.
  • I read on Slate.com’s DoubleX blog that the Nobel Prize in medicine was recently awarded to the “father” of  IVF, Robert Edwards. Thanks to him and his partner gynecologist Patrick Steptoe, more than 4 million babies were brought into this world. Even more fascinating? This news about “the world’s oldest baby” ever delivered.
  • Speaking of IVF, here’s an interesting IVF lawsuit: lab mix-up + sperm labeled Caucasian – Cape Colored = babies coming out “the wrong color” and high court hearings.
  • The recent news reports of young hearts and minds so beat down by bullying that they are taking their own lives is absolutely horrifying. I’ve read a few posts on the topic that stuck with me: this one by Single Dad Laughing‘s Dan Pearce goes into the hard and horrible  details of his childhood as a bullied kid.  It’s a must-read. Then there’s this CNN.com post by my former ESPN comrade LZ Granderson about abuse/bullying he suffered as the hands of his step-father. And then this one by photoblogger Karen Walrond (Chookooloonks)—which also links to Pearce’s post—offers an excellent idea on what we can do about this serious issue. Parents, lead by example, showing our kids the kind of people we want them to be.
  • [NOTE: This fresh bloggy cut was just added.] Thanks to The Thoughtful Parent for tweeting this link about how one set of parents handled their toddler’s tantrum with grace and mindfulness.
  • Now, for a bit of sweetness. A big ball of cotton candy sweetness. Watch 4-year-old Lance playing What a Wonderful World on the ukulele.

Have a great weekend. See you next week, yes?

2 Comments
  • 1
    nblades says:

    Aww little Lance is quite cute. The bullying issue is so very sad. Thanks for sharing the post on what parents can do to set an example for their children.

    • 1.1

      Yes, Lance is a cutie. He has a bunch of other performances on YouTube. There’s an early one–he must have been 2–and he’s singing “Hey, Jude” while holding this large guitar. It’ll make your day.

      As for the bullying… it’s really is sad and heartbreaking and horrible. Something needs to change, and I agree that it starts with the grown-ups. It’s on us.