Any NPR geeks out there? Somehow, given the high intelligence and information hunger of our readers (not to mention your good looks and pleasant aroma), I think there are. So you might be pleasantly surprised to find out that Madeline Brand, former host of the canceled “Day to Day” show, now has joined the totally fun — and highly lucrative (cough) — world of parenting blogging (although actually, it might just be a financial step up from public radio). She’ll be writing and podcasting for the LA Times.
And based on the first post, it’s going to be a worthy read. She describes her objectives thusly: “I think we’re all a wee bit neurotic, and the plethora of information out there probably is not helping. My desire is to challenge the often-paralyzing societal pressure to get it right. My hope is that this podcast isn’t one more anxiety-producing parenting log on that huge bonfire but more like a place to cool off, relax and realize that:
a) you’re going to be OK.
b) so is your child.
c) this parenting thing can actually be a lot of fun.”
This week’s topic is classic children’s boooks you find just wretched. She, and a couple of her pals, reserve special scorn for The Giving Tree. I must say, it’s the anti-Where the Wild Things are for me — I loved it as a kid and find it just a little bit galling as an adult. The boy takes everything from his tree friend and never even says thank you? Really? Is that the kind of lesson I want to impart to my kids about gratitude and accepting kindness?
After writing about classic kid’s books last week, I thought this would be a nice dovetail, so I am jumping off Brand’s idea here: Which book did you love as a kid and now just cringe whenever your own kid asks you to read it to him?