Bloggerhood Etc. 9/29/14

Red moon and horizon.

Photo: Melissa Otterbein

Best Goodbye to Summer.Yes in Every Season: Thoughts & Longings on the Last Night of Summer” by Melissa Otterbein at Like Birds on Trees.

Best Admission.I’m Tired of Owning” by Micah J. Murray” at Redemption Pictures blog.

Best Parenting Post.Separating Twins at School and Other Misadventures in Twin Parenting” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best List.7 Ways Pro Athletes Are Like Toddlers” by Lorne Jaffe at City Dads Network.

Best Interview.Melissa Hart Rescues Raptors and Adopts a Child in Her New Memoir Wild Within” by Cornelia Becker Seigner at Oregon Live.

Most Thought-Provoking.The Racist Dirge of America” by Michael Peppard at Commonweal. 

Best Special Needs Post.He’s Not Scary, He’s a Little Boy” AliceAnn Meyer at Jameson’s Journey. 

Best Response to Bad Theology.Does God Really Promise to Give Us Our Own Nation?” by David Lamb at Biblical Theological Seminary Faculty Blog.

Best Advice.This is Hard, You’re Doing a Good Job.” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

Best Book for New Parents. Zero to Five, reviewed by Alice Callahan at Science of Mom.

Best Guest Post.Blueberry” by Ben Moberg at Cara Strickland’s Little Did She Know.

Best Apology. “‘We Screwed Up:’ Maker of DC Board Game Apologizes to Parents of Young Girls” by Rebecca Pahle at The Mary Sue.

Best Admission.I’m a Blogger Damnit” by Brandon Billinger at The Rookie Dad.

Best Dad Post.Happy Birthday, Mouse” by Buzz Bishop at Camp Dad.

Best Mom Post.When Growing Up Hurts (a Mama)” by Ashley Larkin at Draw Near.

Best Tribute. “Sean Taylor, A Football Lifeat NFL Network.

Sean Taylor Mosaic

Image: NFL Network

Bloggerhood Etc. 3/17/14

Green Chicago River

The Chicago River, dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s also Monday, so time for the best of the week from around the blogosphere.

Best Special-Needs Story.iPads help disabled children speak” by Alandra Johnson at The Bend Bulletin.

Best At-Home Parent Post.In which I don’t mind if my tinies see me on the computer” by Sarah Bessey.

Best Guy Post.A MANifesto” by Joshua Wood at Blog of Manly.

Best Snapshot.This is What Homeschooling Looks Like” by Karen Gann at Homeschooling in Huntsville.

Most Honest.Standing Naked in Front of Strangers (and Other Occupational Hazards of Memoir Writing)” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best Questions.The Four Questions of Christian Education” by Anthony Bradley at The Acton Institute Power Blog.

Most Adorable Scientific Study.Why DO babies laugh? That’s what a scientist set out to learn… with tantalising results” by Kathryn Knight at Daily Mail Online.

Least Judgmental.Neither Do I Condemn You” by Alise Chaffins in Knitting Soul.

Best Marriage Post.‘I Choose You.’ Brief Thoughts on Marriage From An Unmarried Feminist” by Melissa Otterbein at Like Birds on Trees.

Best Title.The Thing About Kicking Ass and Also Not Being Enough” by Tamára Lunardo at Tamára Out Loud.

Best List.7 of the Mistakes Both Men and Women Make When Dating Online” by Anna Wickham at Good Men Project.

Best Video.Restaurant Etiquette” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

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Review: Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal

Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal

When I made the decision to stay home and take care of our daughter Anna, I had no real guide to what I was doing. In 2006, the image of a stay-at-home dad had not progressed much beyond the Hollywood portrayal of the laughably incompetent “Mr. Mom” cliche.

Well, a lot has changed in the first seven years of my daughter’s life. Stay-at-home dads are more commonplace and more accepted as people see we actually can care for our children most of the day without losing them, starving them, or seriously injuring them. There are stay-at-home dad groups, both local and national, that provide support, and there are a growing number of books that take on some aspect of the at-home dad experience.

I should know. I’ve written one myself and I’ve read many others, most recently the witty memoir Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad by author, blogger, and twelve-year at-home dad Scott Benner.

This is a funny, moving, and inspiring book by a man who’s been an at-home dad for almost twice as long as I have. It is filled with hilarious anecdotes, great advice, and touching moments that ring true throughout. I quickly lost track of the number of times I nodded along with some story that paralleled a memorable event in my own life.

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