Cross-posted at MotherTalkers.
Good morning fellow moms, dads and caregivers!
I am back with your weekly parenting news update. Here are some topics we recently discussed at MotherTalkers:
I can't believe I am saying this at 32, but I am getting old, people. The other day I took Ari to one of those traveling carnivals and realized I could not ride a single thing without getting sick. What's up with that?
We discussed a Washington Post story on what to do in the event a divorced couple disagrees on the health care of their children. For example, what should the mother do if dad is not onboard with junior taking psychiatric medication? You can view that discussion here.
Our Dana over at the lesbian mom site, Mombian, covered a study showing that many prospective adoptive couples don't care about the gender of their children but gay men were most likely to have a preference and heterosexual men were least likely to have one. Whether you adopted or had biological children, did you have a preference?
Here is another off-the-wall science story linking divorce to whether or not the person smiled in childhood photos. Of course, many of us -- moi included -- checked out our childhood photos to see if there was any truth to it. Weird, huh?
One of our adoptive moms, "brave," had an excellent story on a Malawian court's rejection of Madonna's application. Brave wrote about why organizations like Save the Children who are opposed to the adoption are wrong.
iVillage had a long discussion on whether it was okay for strangers to reprimand your children. I am very torn on this. Unfortunately, because I had my son at 26 and looked like a teenager, I was prime bait for scolders. While I will accept help from strangers who recognize I am having a tough time with the kids, what I don't appreciate are personal digs at my parenting. For example, I have had strangers tell me my kid is straying too far and will be kidnapped. This only made me defensive and say, "Mind your own business." OTOH, if I am at the checkout lane at the supermarket and my kids are running around while I am trying to pay, a little hand rather than a scold would be nice. Have you or your children been reprimanded by strangers? What was your reaction?
How are you this morning?