More Nanny Questions, iPads for Autism, and Ad-Libbed Parenting

Do you ever feel like a kid playing grown up, or at least not nearly as competent or sophisticated as your own parents seemed during your childhood?  That’s the question novelist Chris Bohjalian asks in What Would I Tell Her: 28 Devoted Dads on Bringing Up, Holding On and Letting Go of Their Daughters.  He writes:  “The reality is a lot of child rearing is ad-libbing, but it has always seemed to your mother and me that we did more ad-libbing than most.” — Motherlode

Could the iPad be a tool for kids with autism?  At Blogher, Shannon Des Roc writes about how an iPad — won in a raffle — has transformed her autistic son’s life.  Her post includes several apps that have quickly become favorites with her son.

More nanny questions:  Kourtney Kardashian has her nanny sit “with the masses” in a different part of the plane when she travels, and when her son gets bored she sends him back to sit with her nanny.  LilSugar wants to know — is this typical?  Or just a celebrity thing?

Birthday parties — do second born kids get the shaft?  A firstborn’s first parties are often elaborate because they’re more for the parents than the baby, anyway.  The Stir wants to know:  Do you think second born kids notice?

Funny cat videos are my kids’ favorite part of the the Internet, and the tiger in training video is cracking them up today. –  Laugh Lines| New York Times

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