Weekly Parenting News Roundup

Cross-posted at Daily Kos.

What’s up all?

My family is in the thick of the holiday season, which means back-to-back birthday parties for kids with November and December birthdays plus holiday parties. I am already burned out and we are not even in Thanksgiving! Ayayay!

Anyways, some girlfriends and I are treating ourselves to the 10 a.m. showing of A New Moon today. I know, it is utterly shameless that moms in their 30s are cramming in a theater with teenagers — if they are up that early — to see this movie. LOL! Oh, by the way, there was also a lot on the news front this week, too.

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, a co-founder at MomsRising.org, wrote an essay on the real reasons women are not happy — as gleefully reported by media outlets.

In case you aren’t bidding for Leggo waffles online, Kellogg’s has reported that there is a Leggo waffle shortage in the country that will last until the middle of 2010, according to MSN Money. One of its bakeries was flooded.

A Canadian couple won a legal battle to exclude their three children from completing homework assignments, according to the Guardian in the UK. The couple, Sherri and Tom Milley of Calgary, Alberta, filed their lawsuit after years of struggling to make their children complete homework assignments, especially since there is no evidence it actually improves school performance. Do you agree or disagree with the Milleys’s actions?

We had a helpful thread on the best parenting advice we have received. What would you add to the list?

The Washington Post had a fascinating feature on how Arizona is the “wild west” of charter schools. Stanford researchers have found that while some charter schools are fantastic, others woefully lag behind traditional public schools.

Probably nothing garnered more discussion this week than our suggestions for People’s Sexiest Man Alive. Johnny Depp won the honor, but this Twilight fan was disappointed it wasn’t Robert Pattinson. (Hey, he is 23. That is still legal!) We also had a popular thread on our favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Thank you, “Thank God for Air America,” for putting that up!

If your child received a scholarship to attend a state school and was also accepted to an Ivy League school, which one would you choose? In light of escalating costs at all schools, we had a long discussion on this. Was your college worth the costs?

In case you missed it, our Erika is having a BOY and not the girl an earlier ultrasound showed. Felicades mujer!

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

10 thoughts on “Weekly Parenting News Roundup

  1. Have the flu

    alone in Oregon.  Sucks.  Bleh.

    Going to turn on more TV for the kids now, and feed them crap.  Being sick DOES NOT make me a better parent.

    • Of course it doesn’t

      you just do what you have to do to get through.  The whole “better parent” shit is for when you’re well and whole and have your partner with you.  Otherwise it’s just “good is good enough”.  

      I’ve been on my own for three days now and I’m about ready to see if I can find the receipt and return these kids because I am sick of being the mommy.   Everything is a battle.   Everything – socks, putting on a sweater, eating vegetables, brushing teeth, combing hair…every damned thing is a battle and I’m effing sick of it.   I’m not asking too much that they pick up their own shit.  

    • any luck in meeting friends/neighbors in Portland

      hopefully you guys will start building a local network.     Any nice neighbors or school families you can buddy up to?

      I’m a one woman show for 5 or 6 days of every week — always have been — my DH works/lives in another city 4 hours away from Sunday night until Saturday morning.  It is hard to be the only adult in the house with no one to share responsibilities.  

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