Nov 262012
 

These are long on words and short on eye candy. So here’s a gratuitous adorable photo. Squee!

The first day or two back after a holiday is always slow. If you need a break from all that Cyber Monday shopping, here are some interesting, thought-provoking, or otherwise worth-it reads from the past few weeks.

  • Most useful blog post I’ve seen in a while: 50 Home Remedies. (Have you ever tried black pepper on a cut? I’m fascinated! And I finally learned why my go-to hiccups cure works every time.)
  • One for all my parent friends. It’s so easy to second-guess yourself when you see other families do things differently, or lose yourself in everyone’s (sometimes conflicting!) advice. But every child is different, and you have to parent the child you have. “I Use Different Parenting Styles for Each of My Children.”
  • Something that’s bugged me lately about kids’ TV: In a recent study, only 19% of kids’ TV shows and 11% of kids’ movies show females in roughly half the speaking roles. And the females they do show are more likely to be sexualized and less likely to work in a job. What does it mean for both our daughters and our sons to grow up viewing shows where being male is still the norm? Via Good.
  • And while we’re on the girls-in-society front, a whole slew of articles on body image:

Mommyish has been pushing back against every aspect of the “MILF” idea lately. Loved this rant against the whole MILF concept (there is now a MILF Diet book, my friends). And a gentler and funnier version: “Eff the MILF, I’m Bringing Frumpy Back.”

I’ve Started Telling my Daughters I’m Beautiful.”

Glad I’m not the only one who has avoided cameras since giving birth. Love the movement to “get back in the picture,” and this article that started it all.

Wordy, but this post eventually gets to real truths: Beauty challenges aren’t really about finding a mate. “[M]y disappointment with my appearance, and the squirming, insistent anxiety that I didn’t look right, I didn’t look good enough— those things felt bigger than men. They felt like they were about what I could accomplish. They felt like they were about me failing as a person.” Some wise comments too. At Eat the Damn Cake.

  • But it’s not all bad news! I passed the psychopath test (and, in context, kind of felt bad about that). I joined the Facebook feed of Toward the Stars and have been enjoying their updates on strong girls and inspiring women. And a few affordable apparel brands actually got As or Bs on a roundup of labor practices, so you don’t have to feel too guilty buying Zara, Hanes, Gap, and H&M.
  • Also this study: “The current atmosphere of parenting puts so much emphasis on what we can afford to give our child. It’s kind of nice to hear some evidence that proves that good, old-fashioned nurturing and happiness does matter.” Via Mommyish.
  • Finally, a little hope that there are solutions to the current “can women have it all” hand-wringing: In Sweden, fathers routinely take several months of paternity leave. Result: closer families and a more family-friendly culture. Via The Guardian.

Each of these could be its own post. Wish we could all sit down for coffee and actually discuss. Any thoughts?

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