Bloggerhood Etc. 1/26/15

Luzern Bridge

Photo: Niall Wallace/BBC News Magazine

Best Beginning.Introducing Our New Baby Boy” by Alice Callahan at Science of Mom.

Best Photoblog.The Camera That Captured People’s Lives” at BBC News Magazine.

Best Special Needs Post.I Know What Causes Autism” by Carrie Carriello.

Best Parenting Post.All My Issues With Goodnight Moon” by Raquel D’Apice at The Ugly Volvo.

Best Question.Is Your One-Word Resolution Holding You Back?” by Kelly Balarie at Purposeful Faith.

Most Thought-Provoking.The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and it is Not What You Think” by Johann Hari at Huff Post Politics.

Most Encouraging.Trust Between Friends and Strangers” by Alise Chaffins at Knitting Soul.

Best Idea.Uno, the Bomb, and How You Can Make Game Night More Epic” by B.K. Mullen at Dad on the Mic.

Best Commentary.Kirby Delauter’s Not the Only One Who Doesn’t Understand the First Amendment” by Tyler J. Francke.

Best Tribute.An Elegy for Casey” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Best Essay. The Fighting Indians Earn It” by Peter Rugg at SB Nation.

Best Parody Video.New England Patriots Cialis Commercial Parody” by Bestonium.com (via YouTube).

“Ask your equipment manager.”

Bloggerhood Etc. 1/12/15

Lit candle

A candle for Cornelia and Chris. Praying for a full and fast recovery.

Before I get to the best of the week, I have a prayer request to pass along. Fellow writer and parent Cornelia Seigneur and her husband Chris were hit by a car Friday evening while taking a walk. A hour before the accident, Cornelia wrote a post about appreciating the people in our lives… ..saying “you just never know when you’ll see people – savor moments with people…” I’ve featured her post here before and I want to start off this week’s blog roundup with her writing …

Most Poignant.Having a Mary Mindset in a Martha World” by Cornelia Becker Seigneur.

Best Special Needs Post.A World of Fairness” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Best Advice.To Get Nominated for an Oscar, it’s Still Best to be a Mediocre Movie About a White Guy” by Todd VanDerWerff at Vox.

Best Dad Post.Dad, Am I Pretty?” by John Kinnear at Ask Your Dad.

Best Commentary.The Limits of Philanthropy” by Fran Quigley at Commonweal.

Most Creative Prediction.Who Will Win the Oregon-Ohio State Championship Game? Let’s Ask ‘The Oregon Trail’” by Matt Brown at Land-Grant Holy Land.

Best Response.I’m Tired of Hearing That Everything Crappy is Feminized” by Simcha Fisher at I Have to Sit Down.

Best LEGO Creation …

Robot made from a LEGO Juice Bar

JUICEBOT! (Photo via Imgur)

Best Interview.Looking Past the Pain of Alzheimer’s to Find the Unexpected Poetry of the Aging Brain;” John Allemang interviews Cathie Borrie, author of The Long Hello, at The Toronto Globe and Mail.

Most Thought-Provoking.The Feminist Case Against Abortion” by Serrin M. Foster at America.

Best Satire.Dirty Slush Machine Provides Children In Florida Taste Of Winter” by the staff at The Onion.

Most Moving.The Parents” by Rachel Held Evans.

Best Reflection.On Going to (an Episcopal) Church” by Jonathan Martin at Medium.

Best Farewell.Breaking Madden: The Quest for 18,356 Rushing Yards in One Game” by Jon Bois at SB Nation. 

And BEEFTANK wept, for he had no more worlds to conquer. But then he smiled, for he always had more milks.

Bloggerhood Etc. 12/22/14

Cars stuck in snow

Photo: Cornelia Becker Seigneur

Best Parenting Post.No One Cares, Mom” by Cornelia Becker Seigneur.

Best Open Letter.Open Letter To Michelle Duggar As She Celebrates Victory In Repealing LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws” by Carissa House-Dunphy at Liberal America.

Best Retrospective.The Painful Lessons of Mars Hill” by Ben Turtin at Leadership Journal.

Best Special Needs Post.Some Thoughts on a Very Very Very Bad Idea” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Best Satire.Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies” by Mallory Ortberg at The New Yorker.

Best Essay.An Honest Game” by Nigel Duara at SB Nation.

Best Book Review.Parenting in the Present Moment: A Review and Giveaway” by Alice Callahan at Science of Mom.

Bravest.I Will Give You a New Heart and Put a New Spirit in You” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

Best Seasonal Post.Oh, There’s No Place Like Homesick For The Holidays” by John Pavlovitz.

Best Reflection.Pantheon, One Fallen” by Stefanie Gunning at Working Without a Net.

Best Take on a Cliché.Keeping Christ in Christmas” by Alise Chaffins at Knitting Soul.

Best Trailer (LEGO or Otherwise).Azog’s Battle Plan,” a trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies by Brotherhood Workshop (via YouTube).

“We strike at dusk!”

Bloggerhood Etc. 7/21/14

Anatomy of a diaper

Photo: Lunchbox Dad

Remember when you had a little one in diapers? Those of us who look back fondly at those times are guaranteed to have all their kids potty-trained! Now on to the source of the above photo, and the rest of the best of the week.

Best Dad Roundup.29 Essential Pieces of Advice for a New Dad” by Mike Heenan at HuffPost Parents. (Reads like a “Who’s Who of Dad Bloggers”—great stuff!)

Best Guest Post.(De)Tales: Paddleboard” by Kelli at Cara Strickland’s blog Little Did She Know.

Best Travel Post.Nobody’s Leaving This Fun Family Vacation” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.  (Side note: We took our coast vacations the same week and even ran into each other at Cape Mears Lighthouse.)

Best Special Needs Post.Why Are We So Afraid of Disability?” by Ellen Stumbo at Not Alone.

Best Bad Comic. “Champion” by James Breakwell at James Breakwell’s Unbelievably Bad Comic.

Bravest Post.Gynecomastia and My Traumatic Day at the Beach” by Lorne Jaffe at Huff Post Healthy Living.

Strangest Story.The Cornish Beach Where LEGO Keeps Washing Up” by Mario Cacciottolo at BBC News Magazine.

Best Question.Who Will Hold the U.S. Accountable for a Rush to Deport the Most Vulnerable?” by Shaina Aber at Ignatian Solidarity Network.

Best Parable.Jesus and the Attempted Exodus” by Mark Sandlin at The God Article.

Best Advice.Brave, Brave, Be Brave” by Ashley Larkin at Draw Near.

Best Commentary.Unfinished Houses” by John J. McLaughlin at America.

Best Satire.Mile-High Baseball” by Spencer Hall at SB Nation.

Best Video. “Fun Healthcare Alternatives!” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

Bloggerhood Etc. 7/14/14

Newport sunset

Photo: Julia Ozab

The sun has set on our week-long Oregon Coast vacation, and it’s time to get back to work. Step one: catching up on everything I missed online. Here are some of the best …

Best Bucket List.Gonna live like I’m dying–a list of what I’d do/not do if I my time was almost up” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best Response to a Media-Driven Controversy.The Redskins Controversy; Let the Natives Speak” by Charles Martel at Turf Show Times.

Best Writing Advice.Paper Can Handle the Truth” by Natalie Trust at The Gift of Writing.

Best Special Needs Post.When the Waves are too Strong” by Shannon Dingle at Not Alone.

Best Satire.How to Breastfeed Appropriately” by Bunmi Laditan at Huff Post Parents.

Best Protest.Dallas Open Carry Guitar Protest Hits the Right Note” by the editors at The Dallas Morning News.

Best Question.Will American Christians Fail the Good Samaritan Test?” by Ed Cyzewski.

Best Comic.If Super Mario World Had Been Released on an App Store” by Commitstrip. 

Best Dad Post.My Son Wears Dresses and That’s OK With Me” by Seth Menachem at xojane.

Best Reality Check.This is What Happened When I Drove My Mercedes to Pick Up Food Stamps” by Darlena Cunha at The Washington Post.

Best Commentary.Christians Worship a Child Who Fled Violence in His Home Country” by Gay Clark Jennings at Religion News Service.

Best Book Trailer.How to Start a Family … One Owl at a Time,” a trailer for Melissa Hart’s new memoir Wild Within (via You Tube).

Best Movie Trailer.Wild – Official Trailer (2014)” the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir (via YouTube).

“What if all those things I did were the things that got me here?”

Bloggerhood Etc. 8/19/13

Netflix search results

Image: Jennifer Fulwiler

This week’s best of the blogosphere, in no particular order.

Best Open Letter. “Netflix giveth, Netflix taketh away” by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary. A desperate mother, a screaming two year old, and a futile search for an animated sheep.

Best Advice. “‘Persecuted’ British Christians need to ‘grow up’, says former Archbishop Rowan Williams” by Hannah Furness in The Telegraph. Mild discomfort does not equal martyrdom. Now quit whining!

Best Satire. “Group Of Friends Engage In Passionate, Incoherent Discussion About Current Events” in The Onion. This conversation is happening somewhere right now.

Best Question. “If McDonald’s Can’t See How To Live on Minimum Wage, Who Can?” by Molly Fleming-Pierre in the USCCB Blog. Conservative Catholics may dismiss a post written by a lay person, but the demand for a just wage is an essential aspect of Catholic Social Teaching.

Best Reminder. “You don’t hate me. You hate my brand” by Rachel Held Evans. We are more than our online personae.

Best Sports Essay. Gridiron Olympians” by Kevin Fixler at SB Nation. Why do a few Olympians succeed in the NFL while so many more fail? Fixler examines this question in his excellent profile of Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin.

Best List (Tie). “10 Reasons why Johnny Depp Should Not Retire” and “10 Reasons why Johnny Depp Should Retire” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

“What? He’s retiring or something?”

What’s the Next Parenting Fad?

Snow plows work in tandem on U.S. 30

Snow plows on US 30 (Photo: ODOT CC BY 2.0)

First it was “Helicopter Parenting,” then the Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Every few months, it seems there’s another parenting fad designed to sell books and magazines, increase TV ratings, and generate web hits. The latest? “Snow Plow Parenting.” (via ABC 13, Houston)

LOS ANGELES, CA — You’ve probably heard of “helicopter parents,” who hover over their kids all the time, but have you heard of “snow plow” parenting? It’s a new trend in this increasingly competitive world. Some experts say overparenting could end up hurting, rather than helping your child.

Parents come in all types. Sometimes we play “tiger mom,” sometimes “helicopter parent,” and now, the “snow plow parent.”

The snow plow parent pushes life’s obstacles out of his or her child’s way, be it bad grades, or being overlooked on a sports team.

So this got me wondering. “What’s the next parenting fad?” Here are some possibilities.

  • Apache Helicopter Parenting: Like regular helicopter parenting but with Hellfire missiles!
  • Bulldozer Parenting: Snow? Screw that, I want to knock down walls!
  • Paratrooper Parenting: Drop ’em behind enemy lines and let them fight their way out. What doesn’t kill them makes them stronger!
  • Aircraft Carrier Parenting: Hands-off at first, but ready to launch an air wing at a moment’s notice.
  • March to the Sea Parenting: Live sustainably while wiping out every obstacle in your path. It’s environmentally responsible destruction!

But let’s not leave out Mom (she is the only parent that counts, after all). Now that the Tiger Mom is passé, what’s her new battle hymn? Here are a few ideas.

  • Cheetah Mom: Like Tiger Mom, only faster!
  • Octopus Mom: Arms everywhere!
  • Sea Turtle Mom — Leaves them on the beach to fend for themselves. What doesn’t eat them makes them stronger!
  • Alligator Mom: Protects her own children. Eats everyone else’s!
  • Peregrine Falcon Mom — Swoops in at 200 mph with no warning! But at least it’s a quick kill.

So if you come across any of these in the next few months, remember where you saw them first.

Any suggestions of your own? Please post them in the comments below.