Why Sarah Palin will make a great grandma
Wed Dec 17
Bristol Palin is about to give birth and I couldn't be more excited. It's not that I'm anti-abortion (actually, I'm pro-choice and a big advocate of birth control), but I am a fan of the way her family has handled her teenage pregnancy. Sarah and Todd may have given their 18-year-old a private talking to, but publicly, they've shown unwavering support for their daughter. Bristol's grandpa, Chuck Heath, talked to Deborah Hallman at Grandparents.com, and reiterated how happy the family is to welcome the little boy. Apparently, Bristol was sitting close by during the interview. While she wouldn't get on the phone--who can blame her?--she did joke that the baby's name would be Oscar. Every so often, I'll hear stories about pregnant teens who were thrown out of their houses because their families didn't approve. And then what happens? The kids turn to the streets, welfare, drugs and prostitution. We've all seen the young girls, sitting on the sidewalk with cardboard signs that say some...
Wed Dec 17
Are recent Newbery Medal--winning books too challenging for kids? According to an article in the Washington Post, some critics believe that they are, even going so far as to say that reading books they can't relate to could put kids off reading entirely. One title cited for its inaccessibility is this year's Newbery winner, Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From a Medieval Village, a beautifully illustrated but text-heavy series of monologues inspired by an illuminated 13th-century manuscript. Of course, every kid is different, and what's a snooze to one might be catnip to another. Check the complete list of Newbery Medal and Honor Books and you're bound to find some old favorites, as I did. 1968 was a very good year for the great E.L. Konigsburg, who won the medal for a book with a very long title and was honored for a book with an even longer title. And though I wasn't smitten with Good Masters!, I remember liking the 1950 winner, which also is set in the Middle Ages. Of course,...
Parenting Poop: What Big Apple moms and dads are buzzing about
Tue Dec 16
Portrait panache Sick of those posed tot snapshots that turn your home into a cheese-tastic Sears portrait studio every winter? Park Slope resident and parent Thomas Roemischer, who works at a digital printing shop in Manhattan, is changing that by shooting natural kid pics. Judging from his adorable Brooklyn Heights Montessori School shots , he knows what he's doing. Litter or loner? Those mamas over at momversation.com are AWESOME. Sweet with a touch of cynicism and just the right amount of sarcasm. In a recent chat sesh , they discussed having a second child--and everything that comes along with it. Click over for some insight and a few giggles of "been there" commisery. Fashion-forward babes Even pint-sized stars have got the fashion thing all figured out. Click through the Daily News ' snapshots of Hollywood kids all glamed up.
The devil wears Dockers?
Mon Dec 15
A quick glance at parenting-magazine mastheads will reveal the dearth of Y chromosomes dispensing life-with-child wisdom. Here at Time Out Kids, for example, the edit staff is as estrogen-heavy as sorority pledge week. Our ever-enthusiastic intern Will? Heading back to NYU this Friday. Our managing editor with the gender-neutral first name? Her middle name is Allison. So credit where credit is due: Scholastic Parent & Child just named its first-ever male to the top edit spot. Father-of-two Nick Friedman might consider taking a page from Fred Levine's book: The former BabyTalk co-editor-in-chief showed his ability to appeal to the male demographic by inviting dads to a chat session over pizza and beer. Though that would work with plenty of moms we know, too.
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