Natural Mommy is resolving to avoid using television as part of her parenting toolbox after reading that Educational DVDs Slow Infant Learning (New Scientist) and Kim is, let’s face it, gloating (heart shaped hedges): Is it the lack of interaction, or the videos themselves? So what do you think… Useful supplement to interactive play? Essential Mother’s Helper? Or trash the idiot box?
Enough Already With the Breast Is Best Mama Luxe and Mama-t0-Be had a friendly disagreement over this post. Is the end of free formula samples in NYC hospitals pushy and intrusive activism, or just evening out the playing field? What do you think? (Redsy at Strollerderby)
Breastfeeding Books for Kids: Some picks in honor of World Breastfeeding Week. (Crunchy Domestic Goddess)
Race: More fallout from BlogHer. People are talking. How does race factor into the discussion? Julie does a round-up for her Hump Day Hmm… (The Ravin’ Picture Maven)
Pioneer Woman’s Pasta Primavera: Yum! Another great recipe from my favorite food blog. Worth reading if only to drool over the beautiful photos. Her spicy shrimp are also amazing. She really should have her own tv show. (The Pioneer Woman Cooks)
BlogHer got everyone going about ProBlogging and Liz makes some points about being asked to discount her ad rate (Mom-101), which prompted PHATMommy to ask, “Is Advertising on Mommy Blogs Different?” (Parent Bloggers). Meanwhile Elizabeth has been very introspective, honest, and open about why she cried at BlogHer (Table for Five).
Pop-up Princess: Veronique’s husband got their Princess a very cool book. (Little Elephants)
In the News…
Does the Biological Clock Make Women Work Harder? Commentary on an article in the New York Times (registration required for the NY Times article) which suggests that young women today are putting more into their careers because of a desire to achieve success before having children. I know that describes me to a t. I put a lot of pressure on myself to achieve certain career milestones before I started considering children. (Wall Street Journal)
Donate School Supplies When I was a kid, I used to get excited about buying new pencils and folders and notebooks for back-to-school. I know that makes me a nerd, but it also reminds me that many children don’t have the money for essential school supplies. There are lots of groups that organize donations. You can click this link for some ideas, but please ask around in your area too. While the need is greatest in the inner cities, don’t forget that there are probably kids in your own local area that need help too. I live in a fairly affluent school district, but there are still many families in need right near me. By working with the school district, I am able to provide school supplies and Old Navy gift cards so those kids can start the year with a nice new outfit and a backpack of supplies.