I noticed that our Facebook MotherTalkers group was about to be “archived,” so I upgraded to save it. Please re-sign up! Many thanks for letting me know, Lisa!
Also, as part of my work with Moms Clean Air Force — please sign up if you haven’t already! — I am floating this online petition to curb emissions from electrical power plants. America Electric Power (AEP) tops most air pollution categories in terms of what it spews. It is currently spending tens of millions of dollars in lobbying efforts to fight clean air standards. Please help me not let them get away with this. Thank you for your support!
This Mamapedia Voices account by a mom rejected by her mommy playgroup almost read like satire. But what popped in my mind was this: I am so glad I am not there anymore. The baby blues, the uncertainty at a well-meaning wisher’s comments, the books, the perceived slights at my parenting…I am so glad I am not there anymore! While parenthood forever changes and the only constant is to remain flexible, I wish I knew then what I know now. There is more than one way to be a mother! What granules of wisdom have you gained from this thing called parenthood?
Also, Laurie Puhn at the Expecting Words blog raised a good question: what should you do if your spouse is not a “baby person”? I could relate as my husband and I found the baby phase quite trying.
In health news: one in 38 South Korean children — or 2.6 percent of the child population — has an autism spectrum disorder, according to a story in MSN Health. Researchers were careful to note that the spike in cases was due to better diagnostic tools and not necessarily an increase from previous generations.
In other health news: you are more likely to stick with a consistent regiment if you work out in the morning, according to my recent edition of Women’s Running magazine. Now that I am over my cold, I am hitting the pavement again. I have my first half marathon in three weeks — yikes! Runners, how do you stay motivated?
Daily Kos’s Teacher Ken had a very nuanced response to the National Education Association’s endorsement of President Obama for re-election. Obama received the teacher’s union endorsement for the stimulus package which saved thousands, if not, tens of thousands of teaching jobs in the country.
What else is in the news? What’s up with you?