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Even though it feels like old news already, I can’t ignore the headline grabbing TIME cover controversy. But there was so much more that caught my attention this week—like cottagedreams.ca, Savvy ‘momisms’, twitter parties and wall stickers.
1. If you haven’t been following the controversy over the cover of the most recent TIME Magazine, then it’s time to crawl out from under that rock. An image of a beautiful model-esque mother in her twenties with a three-year-old boy sucking on her breast has got the whole world talking about attachment parenting. As a mom, I couldn’t care less if this woman chooses attachment parenting. Some women can’t breastfeed, some don’t want to and some don’t want to stop. It’s a choice—there’s no right or wrong here. As a mother of two teenage boys, I do feel badly for her son. Kids can be mean, and they will be…for as long as the internet (and that picture) is around.
As far as TIME Magazine goes, it was a home run. Sales increased and exposure was huge. As far as raising awareness for attachment parenting, it worked. But awareness doesn’t always generate conversion. Many are disappointed with the cover because it turned so many people off and didn’t promote the movement.
The question remains: who really benefited the most from this? Not the mom, not the child and apparently not the attachment parenting movement. That leaves TIME. Responsible media or sensationalist news?
2. In more charitable news, Sarah told me this week about a new organization called cottagedreams.ca. It matches weeks at people’s cottages with families of recovering cancer patients. I don’t have a cottage (and I’m fine with that, really) but if I did, I’m pretty sure I would sign up. To date, over 1,100 families have enjoyed time away through the Cottage Dreams program but there have been 60,100 new cancer cases diagnosed in Ontario last year and a 67% increase in the number of placement requests this year alone. The placement goal for 2012 is 350+ families. If you have a cottage, you might consider this charity.
3. I have a picture frame at home with a really nice family shot taken at a wedding. We look very spiffy under the caption ‘Remember, according to everyone else, we’re a perfectly normal family.’ It’s one of my favourites. But I think this wall sticker kicks that up a notch. I want it.
4. We ran a contest on Facebook this past month and asked our readers what was the line they remember most from their mother…we called them ‘momisms’. The answers came pouring in—the most we have heard from our readers yet with close to 150 responses. Here are a few of my favourites:
If you keep sticking your finger in your nose your head will cave in
I’m not going to college with you, so you better learn this now
If you fall out of that tree and break your leg, don’t come running to me
And the most original goes to: ‘Get your hands out of your pants or I will cut that thing off and give it to your sister.’
5. We’re having a party next week which is very exciting for all of us at Savvy HQ. Firstly, it’s our first party at the HQ. Secondly, it’s in celebration of the launch of SHOP.CA—Canada’s newest shopping destination online…so there will be shopping. Need I say more? We’ll have lots of food, wine and of course…lots of shopping. What’s not to love? We’ll even have a few token males there in the form of the executive team from SHOP.CA. Time to clean up my office!
I’ve been knee deep in the blogs lately so I’m paying a lot of attention to what’s hot in that space. Diaperless parenting trends, mom blog conferences, innovative dads and a bathroom reno all caught my attention this week.
1. Topping the list of parenting trends gone wrong (and I’m sorry to judge here, but I just can’t be objective in this case) is the diaperless baby crusade that’s gaining popularity in New York City—and who knows where else. To be clear, parents are raising their babies without diapers. Potty training consists of carrying a bowl around with you so that you can anticipate a movement and hold your child over the bowl…in the park, on the street, in a store, at a party, etc. It starts at birth. Here is more on this topic from The New York Times.
2. The most talked about topic this week on the mom blogs was an article in The Wall Street Journal that, according to the bloggers, makes their conferences out to be nothing more than a weekend getaway for moms. Candace Derickx of Life in Pleasantville, and one of our Savvy Storytellers, wasn’t offended at all. In fact, I found her perspective very refreshing, arguing that blog conferences are not much different than drug rep conventions, for example: ‘So why pick on us? Well, because we’re kind of a big deal if you haven’t heard. You have to admit had they written about dentist conventions it wouldn’t have had quite the same bite.’ She goes on to mention that the WSJ is not new to this game. They generated a lot more awareness and social sharing by writing about mom bloggers than they would have if they made the article about drug reps or dentists. I have to agree with Candace: you are a pretty big deal. Well said.
3. New to the influential parenting scene, but not to be missed, are the daddy blogs. Here is a post written by a Steve Weins, The Actual Pastor, who writes honestly about the exhaustion and reality of raising three kids under the age of 5. My favourite quote from the article: ‘One of the reasons we are so exhausted is that we are over saturated with information about the kind of parents we should be.’ What I find interesting about this post is that it somehow feels more palatable if a man writes it. I worry that if a mom wrote something similar it might not receive the same attention or approval—it could be viewed as whining. I hope I’m wrong, but the reality is that we’re tough on ourselves and other moms sometimes. Weigh in below in the comments if you think I’m crazy. But read the post, it’s worth the two minutes of your time.
4. And since I’m hot on cool dads this week (who isn’t), here is one with so many kids he had to create his own invention just to get through storytime. They’re smart phone PJs that allow the children to download their fave stories on their phones for bedtime from their dad’s jammies. I’m not explaining this very well because, truthfully, I don’t really understand it. This article from Babble might help explain. I’m sure he would be thrilled if you are interested in purchasing.
5. On a personal note, my team here at Savvy HQ insists that our readers care about my bathroom renovation, so I have some before and after pics to share with you. The old bathroom was original to the house and it was so old it pretty much stopped working—the pipes needed replacing, etc. So I ended up sharing the master bathroom with my two large and often smelly teenage boys (whom I love dearly despite their hormonal fluctuations and body odours from playing so many sports). That bathroom sharing was just not working for me. So we renovated this one for them. And me.