What a busy week! Lots going on. Several pots boiling on the front burner. I’m gearing up for my Half-Marathon race Sunday morning. Equally excited and nervous about that.
Then, in some other big news … I finished reading a novel (Water for Elephants) this week. Oh, yes. That is indeed big news. It’s the first full-fledged novel—not short story or magazine piece—that I have been able to read, cover to cover since becoming a mother. And it only took me two weeks to do it! Hey, one mother recently told me that she hasn’t been able to finish reading a book in the 7.5 years that she’s been a mother. So hand claps all around for my mountain-climb, I say. [Ed. note: Read this book on the iPad. And I liked it.]
While there’s plenty going on in the bloggy world, I’m afraid this week’s Best of the Blogs wrap-up will be a brief one. But feel free to share news-y links to stories you’ve found in the comments section below. Let’s make this a group project, yes? It will be like putting all of our Easter eggs in one cute little basket.
- Speaking of books, my dear friend Barney sent me this link to a list of five good books for mothers that ran on USA Today. I’m really interested in checking out the one by Stacey Edgar called Global Girlfriends: How One Mom Made It Her Business to Help Women in Poverty Worldwide. (Thanks for looking out, B.)
- There’s a New Tiger in Town. Oh, you didn’t hear? “Tiger Mom” (Amy Chua)’s daughter, Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, recently started her own blog.
- We said it before: we like what the WSJ‘s working parents’ blog The Juggle is saying. This week they ran a post about Babyproofing Your Marriage, a companion piece of sorts to another WSJ story on the problems many couples encounter once le bébé enters the picture. Then I read the always-sharp Double X blog’s take on this idea of “Hello, baby! Bye-Bye, Marriage!” This post asks if pre-baby marriage counseling is the kind of stuff “expectant, neurotic yuppies” care about. Curious, what do you think?
- Tell me you’re all old enough to remember Blossom? Or be kind and just pretend that you do. Anyway, the child star of that show, Mayim Bialik, is a full-blooming woman now, with kids. She’s on the sitcom (and one of my Dad’s favorite shows) The Big Bang Theory. Bialik also has a Ph.D in neuroscience—and a good head on her shoulders, which is clear when you read her post about the “roles of a working mother” on TODAY Moms.
- Next Sunday is Mother’s Day! Rejoice, Mamas. You deserve a day and 20,000 more. The on-point women at Cool Mom Picks have put together a fantastic gift guide that shows how they got that name. Definitely pass the link along to your husband, partners, family, and friends with a strong hint and a wink.
Have a great weekend, folks. Let’s hope our feet hit the ground running—literally—on Race Day. Send your speedy wishes this way.
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.
To say that I am excited about what’s coming down the line from Ms. Mary Mack is nothing but understatement. Fingers crossed, knocking wood, tossing salt over my shoulder (and whatever other random thing one does to court “luck”), we’ll be debuting something new very, very soon.
Can’t wait to hear what you think!
In the meantime, let’s settle into something old and familiar: the Best of the Blogs from this week.
- This made me laugh. Blogger moves from the buzz of Brooklyn to the lull of the suburbs and makes news: Local Family Eats Breakfast at Kitchen Table.
- In his new book about happiness, parenthood and kids, economist Bryan Caplan tells it like it is: parents are actually happier than they think, as long as they follow a few key guidelines.
- The Mother Company tackles a rather prickly subject, one that most of parents don’t know how to address: When You Don’t Like Your Child
- While some of us are trying to decide how many kids we want to have, a new study has come up with not only the “right” number of children, but also the gender that will bring the most harmony to your family. Hint: Break out the pink dresses.
- As the antiquated saying goes, Happy wife, happy life. But now a new study out of the UK is saying, Happy Mama, no family drama.
- Working Mother‘s slideshow highlights the most powerful moms on TV. (We’re talking real women, mainly journalists. So, unfortunately, Clair Huxtable isn’t on the list.)
- WSJ‘s fantastic blog, The Juggle, had a few solid posts this week: One on how to make work-life balance work (basically, if it’s not working, it’s kind of your fault); this one about men believing that their “career potential” grows along with their family, while women see the window on their job opps closing as they have more kids; and then this piece on how much sleep you really need. The post links back to a WSJ health story about “short sleepers“<—When you read about these people, you will feel a wave of envy hit like a brick. Just let it happen.
- Hey, looking for a deal on a stroller? How about this one from Bugaboo for—wait for it—$1,500? Well, it is a double-stroller, folks.
- One Hungry Mama shares the disappointing news about the FDA and food dye.
- A Today Show senior producer demonstrates what we parents already know: We’re just minding the parrots. Cute, sweet, repeat-everything parrots.
That’s about it, friends. We’ll see you next week, yes? Have a good one.
Just when we thought we were out of the winter woods, it pulls us back in. Back to Square One, it seems. Despite the ice and slush and cold of this last snow storm here in the Tri-State, it was rather pretty.
Unfortunately, now the white, fluffy snow is half-melted, dirty and only partially covering an awful number of dog “presents.” Nice while it lasted, right? On to new things … like the Best of the Blogs from this week:
- The NYT‘s Book Review just introduced a new online-only, weekly review of children’s picture books. (Wonder if this means QB will be “reading” the newspapers now too.)
- Speaking of books, Cool Mom Picks highlights a good one for the new parent: One Year to an Organized Life with Baby. It’s a week-to-week guide to help parents (actually it kicks off before le bébé even arrives) calm down, organize and get to that un-stressed out/un-freaked out space they’ve heard about in folktales. This way they can have a “more enjoyable experience of being pregnant, bringing home an infant and raising a baby.”
- The wise Lisa Belkin has a solid piece in the NYT’s Magazine about mom bloggers—successful ones, making bank. She does this by talking primarily to the queens of the game: Heather B. Armstrong (Dooce.com) and Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman).
- In her WSJ opinion piece, Free-Range Kids‘ Lenore Skenazy looks at how parents have stripped the fun away from children’s toys. “Remember when a ball was just a ball,” she asks, “and not a tactile stimulating sensory aid?” Ha!
- On The Young Mommy Life, this guest post is called: “I Hate Being A Stay-at-Home Mom” No spoiler alert necessary there. Have a read through some of the comments, too. Very supportive. The post really seemed to hit home with many.
- ParentDish has a quick interview with funny mummy (and Canadian!) Samantha Bee from The Daily Show, talking about life, her childhood and raising three kids under the age of 5. I particularly like her answer to the usual “how do you it” question.
- Lordy. Here comes more stuff for the “Are You For Real?” file: TLC has a new “reality” show called Outrageous Kid Parties. It’s people spending crazy cash—obscene, wedding/new car amounts—on their child’s birthday party. One woman threw away $32,000 on her six (I said SIX)-year-old’s party.
- You don’t have to convince me that the American maternity/parental leave is lacking. (Canada gets a full year’s mat leave.) But HuffPo delves into the case anyway.
- The Juggle, the WSJ‘s smart blog for folks trying to balance work and family, looks at the dilemma of Business Travel While Breastfeeding.