If I may, I’d love just 90 seconds of your time to tell you about me and my new blog: Goodjobandotherthings.com. If I can manage to pique your interest, I hope you’ll check it out and, who knows, even subscribe.
ABOUT ME: I’m not always the warm, non-judgemental person I want to be—particularly when I’m at a playground and I see an adult treat a kid in a way that drives me crazy. Instantly, my body tenses, smoke starts coming out of my ears, and then to my surprise, I find myself walking over to say something to someone I’ve never met about something that’s none of my business. Cringe inducing, but true.
Here I am hanging out with my kids at a sandbox just moments before I open my big mouth—as rendered by the brilliant graphic novelist Ariel Schrag.
But now, I’m trying something new: Instead of harassing well-meaning parents at the playground, I’m blogging.
ABOUT MY BLOG: My intention is not to merely chronicle parenting infractions like some know-it-all member of a parenting police squad—certainly I’m not the best mom in the world. (As my husband John always says, “When you point a finger, there’s three pointing back at you.”) That said, you will find some venting here which hopefully will save some unsuspecting parents at the playground from my wrath. But I’ll be doing a bunch of other things too:
• I’ll explain in blogs, essays and podcasts why so many things parents say and do with the best of intentions actually harm kids—among them are such seemingly innocuous things like saying “Good job!”, “It’s okay!”, “Give mama a kiss.” and “You’re so cute.” (Unfortunately, the list is long. The modern parenting lexicon sucks!)
• I’ll be writing about this oddly-named parenting “philosophy” called RIE™ that literally saved my kids from the mom I would’ve been and changed the way I see the world.
• I’ll think through parenting “challenges” and hopefully get some feedback.
• I’ll write about parenting stuff that gets me worked up in some way—books, films, articles and the like.
I’ll post on Tuesdays and Fridays. Sign up if this sounds at all interesting to you. And finally, what kind of blogger would I be without a cordial invitation to follow me on facebook and twitter. I’m gonna do my best to make this worth your while.
Yours in trying to be a better parent (and person),