(To see the featured bloggers on this topic, please visit our wrap-up of the great parents blog topic.)
"LIVE SO THAT WHEN YOUR CHILDREN THINK OF FAIRNESS AND INTEGRITY, THEY THINK OF YOU." - H. Jackson Browne, Jr.
This week, whether it’s your own parents or someone else’s, please blog about the best example you’ve seen of great parenting. Please post your story on your Red Room blog—not in the comments here—and tag your post great parents blog.
We're concentrating on parenthood this week because we're extremely proud to present The Family Gaytriarchs column. Alternating weekly, Red Roomers David Valdes Greenwood and Veronica Rhodes are writing the first same-sex parenting column in a mainstream American media company, AOL's Parentdish.
A few featured bloggers will receive books by Red Room authors:
Mama, PhD is a literary anthology of personal essays by women working both in and out of higher education, writing about their experiences as they choose to have, not have, or delay children. The essays in this anthology, edited by Caroline Grant, speak to and offer support for any woman attempting to combine work and family, and make recommendations on how to make the academy a more family-friendly workplace. Bob Drago, author of Striking a Balance: Work, Family, Life, calls the book “easily the most important piece of work to date on academics and family issues, full-stop.”
By the way, Caroline is associate director of associate director of the recently-formed Sustainable Arts Foundation. The Foundation's mission is to support artists and writers with families by offering biannual financial awards. It is accepting applications for its 2011 awards now, so if you or someone you know might qualify, please apply here.
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it comes to children, we've mistaken good intentions for good ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring--because key twists in the science have been overlooked.
In The Secrets to Stepfamily Success: Revolutionary Tools to Create a Blended Family of Support and Respect, Gloria Lintermans shows how "(w)ith the right preparation and resources, a multi-home step or blended family can be a stable and solid foundation for co-parents and children."
So post a blog entry today about Red Room's topic of the week
"coming through a natural disaster"
For help on how to blog, please see the directions here. We'll choose one of these blog posts to be featured on Red Room's homepage next week. Post your entry by Friday at 10:30 a.m. PST (GMT-08:00) for consideration, and be sure to tag it with the keyword term greatest parents blog in the Blog Keyword Tags field so we can find it. (Please don't forget the exact tag. For more information about tags, click here.)
And don't forget to check out the entries in last week's blog topic on the subject of coming through natural disaster. Through tornadoes, earthquakes, floods—even a surprisingly beautiful invasion of spiders—our bloggers told stories of terrible catastrophes and subsequent triumphs.
Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room