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Friday, November 19, 2010

Next week. American Thanksgiving is next week. I don’t want to know where all the time went, just the last few days, please.

As much I’m looking forward to the family part of the holidays, I’m thoroughly ready to eye-roll the shopping frenzy that comes along with the next month. But this isn’t the space for gripes about mall madness (or the fact that since we’ve moved from Brooklyn and all its cool boutiques, malls are where it’s at for me. Sigh).

So let’s get back to the matter of the moment, the Best of the Blogs—a few of the prime bloggy cuts from this week.

  • The pot continues to bubble under Erica Jong‘s  anti attachment parenting essay that ran in the WSJ last week. Just read any of the comments (they’re still rolling in) or the “response” posts and you’ll see that it’s still fire-hot up in that kitchen. Writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner delves a little deeper into the Mom v. Mom clash and asks, simply,  why are mothers so bothered by all of this? It goes back to what I said before: Court needs to be in recess—indefinitely. Reminds me of funny video I saw a couple of months ago:
  • Worst part of flying? According to a NYT story, it’s sharing a cabin with a fussy toddler. Or at least it’s high on many people’s annoyance list. In fact, some folks are pushing for airlines to start offering child-free flights. Maybe the remedy for that screaming toddler is a TSA pat down.
  • Forget the Tooth Fairy. Parents are taking their kids’ smiles serious, and that means trips to the orthodontist at an earlier age—some as young as 7.
  • Slate looks at the parent as junkie. [By the way, and for the record, parenthood doesn’t “suck.” A flat tire? A sprained ankle? Those things definitely suck. Being a parent, though challenging, is really quite the polar opposite of “sucks.”]
  • On raising kiddies, Family Intel offers 10 simple ingredients of good parenting.
  • Our trusty blogger bud The Thoughtful Parent pointed us in the direction of child expert Dr. Michele Borba and her post about kids, “emotional IQ” and the importance of nonverbal communication.
  • This week I became an auntie again! My cute pie niece Symone came into the world Monday. It’s so incredible seeing this whole, little person starting out on Day One. It’s also something to see my brother and sister-in-law start the collection of baby stuff. I flagged this post on ParentCentral about how to not overshop for baby to pass along to them … a bit later. You must check out the ultra-cool 4-in-1 car seat, stroller, shopping cart, and (wait for it) tricycle.
  • Two months before I had my son, I somehow got sucked into watching a television show all about birthing stories. Thankfully, my older sister Yvette pulled the plug on that one quickly. Good thing. The show was beginning to haunt me.  So it was interesting to read this post on Salon’s Broadsheet about the rise in elective C-sections in the UK. The reason? Fear of natural labor and an increase in “birth trauma” reports.
  • One of our fave food bloggers, One Hungry Mama, shares 5 ways to keep the kiddies busy in the kitchen while you’re cooking up the holiday grub. Because … the holidays start NEXT week.

Again, where did it all go?

That’s it for now. Have a great weekend.

Be sure to join us Monday for more from our dads series A-Men Monday.

  • 1
    Memoirista says:

    Okay, I’m still catching up. WHERE DID YOU MOVE? Hope it’s going well. . .!!! Oh, and great round up. . it’s been crazy out there.

    • 1.1

      Isn’t everything a “catch-up” these days? Lordy. Yes, we moved to Montclair, NJ about four months ago. Still adjusting, shall we say. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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    Megan says:

    hi nicole,
    i’m a friend of alison o….just wanted to let you now i enjoy and look forward to your blog posts- thanks for enriching my own first time motherhood experience with all the great stuff you find!

    • 2.1

      Thanks plenty, Megan! Really, these comments are so encouraging and kind. Happy to help. So please keep reading–and commenting.

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    malpaxq says: – Click on that. thers so many photos of stars, like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and lots more.