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Mar. 14 2010 — 9:27 pm | 673 views | 2 recommendations | 16 comments

Putting the mommy bloggers in their place

It’s not the content of this piece that’s making me feel like someone just shamed me for daring to write about parenting. The headline of this piece, Honey, Don’t Bother Mommy.  I’m Too Busy With My Blog and Building My Brand does a not so subtle job of telling mothers who actually work for a living they are doing something wrong.

What’s strange about the hed, is that the rest of the piece was an accurate description of what goes on in the mommy blogger world. The way moms are making money and building an audience on the web and what PR and marketing people are focusing on and how the relationship works. All very civilized, with the exception of this graf that makes fun of baby names and assumes that work-at-home moms are just looking for some “latte money.” continue »

Mar. 11 2010 — 8:15 pm | 128 views | 1 recommendations | 3 comments

The politics of baby carriers

You know you’ve been writing about parenting for a long time when you pick up the New York Times and ask, “Is this actually news?”

Hardly new, wraps and other types of baby carriers are traditional in many parts of the world, and Western versions have been used in North America and Europe for decades. But lately, “wearing” one’s baby has taken on a certain cachet, with celebrities like Brad Pitt and Keri Russell pictured in star-gazing magazines and blogs with their babies strapped to their bodies. Upscale versions of the traditional baby carrier are sold in stores from SoHo to Santa Monica, Calif.

ON a breezy afternoon last week, a steady stream of women cruised through Metro Minis, an airy boutique on Park Avenue in Manhattan, which opened in 2007 and has since become the city’s hub for young mothers who collect baby carriers the way some women collect handbags.

via Baby’s Snuggled in a Sling, but Safe? – NYTimes.com. continue »

Mar. 10 2010 — 10:40 am | 533 views | 1 recommendations | 10 comments

Corey Haim, another dead child actor

Corey Haim, 2008.

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Corey Haim is dead, Los Angeles Police confirmed to TV station KTLA. He was 38.

Police say it is believed the actor, who had a long history of substance-abuse problems, perished from an accidental overdose at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

via Corey Haim, 38, Found Dead – Tributes, Corey Haim : People.com.

I’ve written about child actors before and my reluctance of letting my own gregarious child enjoy the spotlight. Stories like this only confirm my irrational (?) fear of the child actor curse. I’ve been trying to come up with a list of “normal” adults that got their start as children to compare to the tragedies. The lists are not looking so hot. continue »

Mar. 9 2010 — 9:41 am | 134 views | 2 recommendations | 1 comment

The ‘good old days’ when kids just had to suck it up

“Back in my day, kids were kids! We worked out our problems on our own. We didn’t go crying to some stranger with a whole bunch of initials after his name.”

Gus was ridiculing a conversation a fellow therapist and I were having about a 13-year-old she was treating for depression and acute anxiety. I didn’t rise to his bait, but it wasn’t because I had no interest in defending my profession. Rather, as with the college guys at the other end of the bar lamenting yet another epic collapse by their beloved Jets (this was before the team got good), it was that I’d heard the complaint so often it had become tiresome.

via Cases – Fake Nostalgia for a Pre-Therapy Past – NYTimes.com.

I don’t know if you hang out with the same old codgers that I do, but this idea that today’s kids somehow have it better than any other generation (as if that’s a bad thing) seems to be whined about on a semi-regular basis. The rhetoric is kids will turn out to be “soft” rather than strong if they get support during these formative years. That assumption is not only inaccurate, it perpetuates a negative behavior pattern if that kid grows up never receiving the help he needs. continue »

Mar. 8 2010 — 10:53 am | 236 views | 1 recommendations | 2 comments

Increase in maternal mortality due to inconsistent health care?

I just got back from Texas where I was taking my mother to various doctor’s appointments.  I discovered, not for the first time, that Texas really is like a whole other country because the lady just got there three weeks ago and she’s already seen at least four specialists and a GP. One medical complex we went to last week had computerized records and what must be the forerunner to the iPad where instead of printing papers to sign and filling out the same forms repeatedly everything popped up to be verified and she initialed the screen instead of a dead tree. Efficient and accurate.

Needless to say I was blown away since, in my experience in New York, it takes two months to get your first appointment with a primary care doctor if you’re a new patient and if it’s an emergency they tell you to go the ER rather than fit you in to their overcrowded office where you fill out reams of paperwork every time you step in the door. My point is there is a massive discrepancy in the quality of health care in our country depending on your zip code. One horrifying result is the increase in maternal deaths in California. continue »

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