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Red Room Blogs About Great Parents


Last week, whether it was their own parents or someone else's, we asked Red Roomers to blog about the best example they'd seen of great parenting. From sweet memories of values taught aboard a small boat on the Atlantic to a difficult lesson in racial prejudice, we were inspired by the wonderful examples they shared.

Three posts especially stood out:

In "Playing Catch with my Dad," author Steve Travers shares a baseball-flavored story that is, as he writes, "...enough to make a grown man cry." It wouldn't suprise us if that were true for you, too.

Another story that made us well up was author 'Nathan Burgoine's "Raise Your Glass." Too many easy jokes are made about in-laws, and 'Nathan might have had extra reason to dread the parents of his husband-to-be. How wonderfully wrong he was!

Member Ana Madani chooses to extol some great nonhuman parents in her lovely entry, "The Greatest Parents I Know." It's full of atmosphere and specific descriptions that really make you love a couple of birds.

These bloggers will receive books by Red Room authors:

Mama PhD


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. 


The Secrets to Stepfamily Success


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."



You can see all the great parents blog entries here. I hope you'll read them all, leave comments on your favorites, and share with your friends. Thanks as always for blogging!

-Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room