As any mother or father knows, parenting indelibly shapes you – for the better and the worse. “Mothering and fathering aren’t just things we do. Being a mother or being a father is who we are,” writes Jennifer Senior in her book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting.
I talked about All Joy and No Fun a few months ago because it’s beautifully researched, well written, and engrossing. It’s not a parenting book. It’s a book about what it means to be a parent. And I highly recommend it.
(In my initial review I mentioned that I’m friendly with Jennifer because I think you should disclose things like that when you’re promoting something. I also dated Ryan Gosling for three years and George Clooney for two. So glad I got all of that off my chest. And speaking of my chest, I modeled for Victoria’s Secret for 15 years. Phew. Coming clean feels so good, you guys!)
Here’s the deal: If you are interested in Jennifer’s book but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet (maybe you’re like me and you’ve been using the three books on your nightstand as a coaster for most of 2014), you’re in luck. Jennifer gave a TED Talk based on her book. It’s interesting and thought provoking and will make you feel smarter. I’m linking to it here; all you have to do is click and then you can watch it – isn’t technology grand? 

As any mother or father knows, parenting indelibly shapes you – for the better and the worse. “Mothering and fathering aren’t just things we do. Being a mother or being a father is who we are,” writes Jennifer Senior in her book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting.

I talked about All Joy and No Fun a few months ago because it’s beautifully researched, well written, and engrossing. It’s not a parenting book. It’s a book about what it means to be a parent. And I highly recommend it.

(In my initial review I mentioned that I’m friendly with Jennifer because I think you should disclose things like that when you’re promoting something. I also dated Ryan Gosling for three years and George Clooney for two. So glad I got all of that off my chest. And speaking of my chest, I modeled for Victoria’s Secret for 15 years. Phew. Coming clean feels so good, you guys!)

Here’s the deal: If you are interested in Jennifer’s book but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet (maybe you’re like me and you’ve been using the three books on your nightstand as a coaster for most of 2014), you’re in luck. Jennifer gave a TED Talk based on her book. It’s interesting and thought provoking and will make you feel smarter. I’m linking to it here; all you have to do is click and then you can watch it – isn’t technology grand? 

17 Things Your Child’s Pediatrician Doesn’t Want to Hear From You

1. I’m sorry to call at 2 a.m. but I don’t think we’ve ever discussed your philosophy on vaccinations.

2. I did a quick Google search on my phone and have to strongly disagree.

3. It turns out that we actually live closer to your home than to your office. Could we just schedule something at your house?

4. Does a high Apgar score have anything to do with being gifted?

5. While we’re here, would you mind taking a look at my mole?

6. Shots are a really big deal in our family. After the visit, instead of stickers, we’ll need you for a quick trophy presentation.

7. According to Jenny McCarthy….

8. There are a lot of coughing children in the waiting room. Is there somewhere else we could wait?

9. I have to jump on a quick conference call. Can you keep your voice down during the exam?

10. Can I get your cell phone number? I don’t like dealing with the answering service. 

11. Can I give YOU some advice?

12. We’re applying to preschools and would love a letter of recommendation from you and from each of your partners.

13. Could you say that a little louder? We’re recording this for our YouTube channel.

14. I see you have diplomas on your wall. Do you have any copies of your actual report cards? 

15. I’m not sure if you saw the blog post I wrote about you, but I just want to you to know I was having a really bad day when I wrote it. I had no idea it would go viral.

16. Did you get my friend request on Facebook?

17. Thanks for calling back so quickly. I was just checking to see how long it would take to reach you if I said it was an emergency.

I Want to Live My Best Life

I want to start living my best life. Oprah talks about Living Your Best Life and look at her! She’s doing it! Is there anyone on the planet living a better life than Oprah? Nope. Except, maybe, Beyoncé. (It’s a tossup when it comes to whether Oprah or Beyoncé is living a better life. Beyoncé is a much better dancer, but Oprah has Gayle.) 

If I’m going to Live My Best Life, I need to do something about my car. It’s a minivan. And it’s dirty. Really dirty. I need to clean it immediately.

Cleaning my minivan was not my highest priority until this morning when my son drew on the dusty passenger door with his finger. And, technically, he didn’t draw, he wrote. My son took his finger and wrote the word “poop” on my car.

I do want to point out that he spelled the word “poop” correctly. I want to find a silver lining because Living Your Best Life is about finding silver linings when possible. And my son’s spelling was perfect! Hooray for that small but important detail! But, no matter how it’s spelled, “poop” is an unacceptable word for someone who is Living Her Best Life to have on her car.

If my son had written “breathe” or “meditate” I might just leave it. But he didn’t. He can’t even spell “meditate” or “breathe” because each has a silent “e.” That’s a shame. This whole mess could have been avoided had the words “meditate” and “breathe” been easier to spell. Or had my six-year-old son been a better speller. Dammit!

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Hello beautiful and sweet-smelling readers! I have a question for you and will be writing a post based on YOUR answers. I will NOT be identifying anyone by their first or last names.

Here’s my question. Are you aware of what the Boy Scouts of America’s CURRENT policy is regarding LGBT scout leaders? I would like to know what you think RIGHT NOW without Googling it or looking at any news stories. And, to be fair to you the reader, I have written about the BSA before and my posts were not flattering. So, I’m not trying to trick anyone. I am trying to get a feel (anecdotally, this is not scientific — because duh) for what people seem to know. And you can answer below or email me at mammalingo@gmail.com. You should also feel free to comment if you know the answer and have strong feelings about it one way or another. And please do this by the EOD Tuesday. Thanks.

What do you think?