And So It Was Blogged (15/52)

Friday, April 15, 2011

So … the new us. What do you think? We’re pretty pleased with it and hope you dig it too.

I was so excited to show off the re-do. It was kind of the way you feel about that new dress or purse or pair of shoes—or apron! Yes, apron. My new, sundress-style, floral apron also arrived this week, and I put it on right over my pajammy-jams to make pancakes that morning.

It’s newness all around.

There’s plenty to cover today, so let’s get going. Here are the Best of the Blogs from this week.

  • Even before I had a kid, I’ve always given the side-eye to Hollywood’s way of portraying childbirth. It’s usually a good four levels above what really goes down in the delivery room. Salon’s smart blog “Pop Rx” tackles this very thing and talks about what the movies get wrong about childbirth.
  • Seems like a week doesn’t go by without a new study or report about the effects of parenting on your life. The latest one says raising kids makes your fat. Lovely.
  • See? Here’s another story about parenthood. This one in the NYT on how older parents (over age 40) are happier with kids than without.
  • Chris Blattman, an assistant prof of poli-sci and economics at Yale, reports on parenthood one week in. He talks about the countless (some crazy) how-to books on parenting, but cites one particular expert’s advice as “the best sense” he’s encounter: Michel Cohen.
  • This is such a Global Mamas story! Slate looks at the “postpartum customs of women” around the world.
  • It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Liz at Mom-101. And with posts like this—about breadwinner moms—safe to say she’ll be at the top of our charts for a good while.
  • Speaking of working mothers, Sylvia Ann Hewlett, economist, president of the Center for Work-Life Policy, and all-around wise woman, shares her story of personal tragedy and then triumph. Proving that working moms are warriors in a fight that is both unfair and unrelenting.
  • We’re talking about economist Bryan Caplan again this week. In this WSJ post he gets into what he’s learned from parenting twins. He calls it “serenity parenting,” which boils down to this: Hey, parents, lighten up!
  • WSJ‘s “The Juggle” gets into “potty-mouth training for parents.”
  • Should I have more children? (You know where we sit on this one … still on the fence.) That’s the question that’s up for debate on WSJ‘s Ideas Market. It’s also the subject of a Live Chat scheduled for today.

That’s all for today, friends. We’ll see you next week when we’ll debut some more new sections to this apron.

Have a good one.



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    Kristin says:

    I have had to get back on the “no cursing” wagon several times. This last time has been pretty successful – no lapses in three days! I know I *can* do it because I never ever cursed in front of my high school classes. I wouldn’t let them say “damn” or even “hell” unless it was in the context of what we were reading. Still, in life those little frustrations and pains (like the blogger mentions about the car seat strap) can bring out some juicy four-letter-blurts.

    Once again, thanks for rounding up the good stuff for me! And the photo is lovely with your new color scheme.

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      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      The car seat straps are like a curse-bird trap! (As always, thanks for the comments, Kristin. Makes our day that much sunnier.)