Monday Morning Open Thread

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First, I want to wish our Cynmill — and Laura! — a very happy birthday. Here’s to a fabulous day for a fabulous trio!

In case you missed it, Newt Gingrich won the Republican primary in South Carolina this past Saturday. Here are detailed results courtesy of AP.

Brain, Child magazine ran a bittersweet story on the complicated history and nature of sibling relationships.

This blog post at BlogHer, in which a new mom claims that “parenting isn’t hard” and that yelling at your children in public is tantamount to abuse, perhaps not surprisingly, garnered a lot of reaction in the thread.

A couple in the UK that refused to reveal the gender of their baby for five years, just announced to the world that they have a boy, according to Yahoo Shine.

Parents magazine published a comprehensive story on the lack of paid maternity leave in this country. MomsRising executive director Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner was quoted in the second half of the story.

Actress Jessica Alba launched an organic diapering service called Honest.

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Tuesday Morning Open Thread

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Constance McMillen, the Mississippi teen suing her high school over a ban on same-sex couples attending the prom, may have been led to a sham prom, her attorney told MSNBC. McMillen and her female date arrived at a school-sponsored prom at a country club on Friday night only to find seven other students. They suspect that the “real” prom was held somewhere else, but they were not invited.

I chuckled at a Facebook Circle of Moms column — more like a rant — by a woman who was married and became a mom at 20. She said she would receive a “look” and not be invited anywhere by older mothers who thought she was a teen mom. I had Ari at 26, but looked young for my age. You’d be surprised, but I received all kinds of comments. One waitress complained, “What is the world coming to? Children having children!” Well-meaning people would ask me if I planned to “go back to school?” They meant high school. After a Mexican clerk asked me this in Spanish, I replied, “I don’t know if they will have me since I graduated from COLLEGE four years ago.” “Really? You look so young! Your husband looks young, too.” We laughed. No harm done. Did you get grief for being a young mom?

In another Circle of Moms column, a mom asked whether giving her child her last name — rather than the father’s — was the right thing to do. We have discussed this issue before so chat away!

From the what-the-hell-is-wrong-with-this-mom file: a mother in Dublin, California, has been arrested for harassing his son’s 15-year-old ex-girlfriend, including spray-painting personal information about her on school property and sending her menacing text messages, according to the Contra Costa Times.

Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver blogged about the low nutritional standards of school lunches at the MomsRising blog. He even included a recipe for “classic tomato spaghetti.”

Actress Jessica Alba plans to adopt, according to People magazine.

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Midday Coffee Break

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In case you missed it, Celebrity Baby Blog had a Mothers Day slideshow presentation of our favorite celebrity moms like Amy Poehler, Minnie Driver, Jessica Alba and others, and their offspring. Also in Celebrity Baby Blog: The site had a sound-off on how to survive the terrible twos. I am so there. Eli is adorable, but damn that girl can scream — especially when you tell her “no.” Whew!

Chicago Teacher Man talked about how one of the biggest mistakes educators make is to make threats and not follow through on consequences. Sounds a lot like parenting.

Crabmommy ran a clip of Ayelet Waldman in one of her readings. I may make it to her June reading in Berkeley or Oakland next month. Have you seen her or read her book?

In light of Katie’s fantastic essay about making bread, I thought I would pass along a pizza dough recipe posted on Crazed Parent.

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