Activities Director Mack, Reporting For Duty

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

There’s no school this week. Winter break. So, you know how that goes. Posts will likely be few and far between this week since I’ve become The Youngster’s social activity director, like Julie McCoy from The Love Boat (‘member her?), only with better hair. Let’s keep it real — we all  have better hair than ol’ McCoy, yes? Oh, Julie, you sweet, ever smiling thing.

Anyway, I thought I would leave you with a few things to keep you busy until we return to our regularly scheduled program. Most of the links/stories have been posted on MMM’s FB page. Wait, you haven’t been there yet? I’m sorry, WHAT? You have not “Liked” our page yet either? If I were wearing pearls (and why not, since they obviously go with purple yoga pants and painter tees), I would be clutching them right now. Do us all a favor and head over to Facebook and Like us. And while you’re catching up on your  “Things I Should Have Done Ages Ago” list, consider clicking to Twitter and follow me too. It’s what’s best for everyone involved. (Really, though, thanks for the support.)

All right. Now that we are on the same page, the links:

  • This story from Forbes.com about  Target’s somewhat creepy, but fascinating and extremely targeted data-mining.  The headline on this alone will have you saying, what tha— “How Target Figured Out a Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did
  • Half-million bottles of Children’s Tylenol recalled because … bottle’s dosing system is TOO HARD TO USE. Come on, now, parentals. From NPR’s health blog, Shots.
  • The  whole “French parents are better than you!” thing is still making the bloggy (and print) rounds. On Slate there was this insightful and honest four-part discussion between an American mom and French dad about raising le bébé.
  • Spinning off from the French parents talk, there’s an excellent NYT piece about the importance of teaching self-control (as the headline says, “the American way,” but after reading the piece, I didn’t see anything particularly “American” about it. Just me?) There’s also some solid intel in the story about self-esteem: Children do not benefit from routine empty praise, like hearing “Good job!” for every little thing they do. It’s better and more effective to praise the kid’s effort.
  • Also interesting is this reaction piece on Slate about what was seen by many as a “condescending” NYT article on young, single mothers.
  • And from the Three Degrees Separates Us All file … I see a tweet from Huff Post Parents about what happens when one mother says YES to everything her toddler suggests for one day. I know, right? Move over 30 Rock, there’s a new sitcom in town. Turns out, the mom who wrote the post is our former neighbor/park friend in Montclair, NJ. Small world made even small by these here internets.

Anyhow, y’all, my time is up. Shuffleboard on the south deck. Please feel free to discuss any or all of the above in the comments section.

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