Jul 22 2013
All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time read this week.
– The hoopla over the imminent birth of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s first child can be described as many things–exciting, over the top, extreme–but definitely not Jewish. JTA explores why many Jewish women avoid overt celebrations before the baby is born (including quotes from Kveller’s editor and several bloggers). (JTA)
– These days, many parents are extremely uncomfortable with male babysitters and opt for female sitters if they can. However, for much of the 20th century, boys were not only accepted as babysitters but preferred over girls. (Atlantic)
– As more and more overnight camps across the country ban or impose limits on parents sending care packages to their campers, parents have found more and more ridiculous ways to sneak forbidden items to their campers. (NYT)
– Apparently, if the CEO of a company is a male and has a baby boy, they will tend to pay about $100 less in annual compensation per employee. However, if they have a baby girl, there will be no reduction in wages. Weird. (NYT)
– Finally, a new parenting trend we can all relate to: CTFD–which stands for “Calm the F*ck Down.” (Jezebel)
Feb 28 2011
Kate Middleton will soon become a princess when she marries Prince William.
The other day at dinner my not yet 2 ½-year-old daughter, Frieda, happily announced that she and her 8-month-old sister, Rosie, “are princesses.”
And so it begins.
Being the over-educated, Subaru-driving, Whole-Foods-shopping Mama that I am, I was horrified. What does this mean? Who could she possibly have learned this from? I immediately placed the blame on Theresa, that feisty 4-year-old who should have gone on to preschool last year, but is still spending her days loitering at daycare, corrupting my daughters. But I put on my game face, and decided not to make an issue of it. By the time I refocused my attention to the girls, they had moved on. I was relieved.
I’m trying hard not to worry about the princessification of my daughters. At least not yet. At this point, Frieda doesn’t really know what a princess is; in her mind, the concept of “princess” is vaguely related to pink, fancy, and shiny, and therefore it is desirable.
The truth is that Frieda isn’t the only one with princesses on her mind these days. I must confess that ever since the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton was announced, my interest in the royal family has been piqued. And even though I wasn’t so into the princess thing when I was younger (He-Man and She-Ra were more my style), I’ve got a new perspective on it these days.
Yes, you got it right. I want to be a princess. Read the rest of this entry →