If this week was any indication, this month—and possibly the 11 that follow it—will amount to an interesting ride. There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get going with the Best of the Blogs.
- Man. I feel I need to take a deep breath before getting into this bubbling hot-pot. Remember the last time the WSJ ran a controversial op-ed about parenting styles? Here’s a quick MMM refresher, if memory fails. This week, it’s Amy Chua talking about how the “Chinese mother”-style of parenting is superior. Let’s get this important piece out first: Chua is hawking a book. The memoir, called Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, came out Tuesday and is already listed at No. 7 on Amazon’s bestsellers. So all this attention—including Chua’s backpedaling on the Today Show—isn’t hurting those book sales. (Here’s Slate.com‘s review of the book.)
- Still, folks were heated over the contentious essay. Slate’s Double X blog rightfully calls out the WSJ for excerpting the most “inflammatory” pages from the memoir. Lisa Belkin weighs in on Chua’s mean mommy tactics and shares links to other essays smartly stating that we shouldn’t paint all Asian mothers with the same broad brush. Then children of Asian/Chinese moms spoke up, too. And with one of the most heartbreaking responses, Christine Lu shared her sad and sobering story about “Chinese mom”-style parenting. Thankfully, Jeff Yang (SFGate.com) spoke to Chua about the furor. Wrapping up his lengthy piece, Yang said something not only fair, but also necessary:
Love or hate her (or both), Chua’s story is far more complicated and interesting than what you’ve heard to date—and well worth picking up.
- My husband sent this link to another WSJ opinion piece about the danger of treating all men like potential kidnappers and child predators. Makes a pretty compelling case. It’s written by Lenore Skenazy of Free-Range Kids fame.
- Trying to make a baby is not a cakewalk. There are couples facing real reproductive challenges. When I saw this report about how your iPhone can bolster success with IVF, I actually said it out loud: “Wait, there’s an app for that?” Turns out, yeah, there kinda is.
- Sometimes celebrities should stay busy being celebrities. Example: Gwyneth Paltrow‘s latest newsletter from her lifestyle blog/site delved into finding balance as working moms. She interviewed a venture capitalist mom, and boy did it kind of go off-road from there. The Stir minced no words, calling GP’s tips for working moms a load of GOOP.
- NPR ran this interesting story about how baby talk (or parent-baby interaction) can help close the academic achievement gap between kids from lower and higher income families. The Thoughtful Parent went a little further, asking whether baby-age is too young to worry about achievement gaps.
- NEW-TO-ME BLOG ALERT: My Brooklyn mom pal and fellow blogger Beth Lipton introduced me to this great site called The Mother Company. Be sure to check out the show “Ruby’s Studio.” Sweet and fun. On the other side of fun, though, is a depressing story on The Mother Co. about kids (aged 3 to 6!) who already have body image issues.
- NEW-TO-ME BLOG ALERT: Can’t remember how I stumbled upon this blog, but so very glad that I did. And this fantastic post about creating a legacy for our kids just confirms that I’ll be visiting Simple Mom often .
Quite the full bloggy week, yes? Have a great weekend!