It’s weekly round-up time, folks. This week’s theme is bad manners.
I wrote about Julian Assange’s legal troubles, and the awful position his mom is in having to defend him against rape charges. Whether or not he’s guilty of rape, I think we can all agree Assange needs to brush up on his dating etiquette.
Others at Strollerderby took on manners more directly. Danielle wrote a thoughtful post on kids, manners and boundaries, answering the age-old question on every kid’s mind: Do I have to kiss Grandma? This is a must-read before your holiday gathering.
Danielle also looked at institutional manners, with a post on the stringent UBS dress code.
Robin weighed in with a gem on Cam Newton and the politics of overparenting. Cam Newton’s dad has been vilified for seeking bribes from schools recruiting his award-winning football player son. But is he really a crook, or just another helicopter parent?
Returning to the world of good and bad manners, Madeline covers a ballet dancer’s classy response to the critic who called her fat. Madeleine also brings up how to talk to our own daughters about body image.
Heather brought us the latest in marriage science, warning us not to rush to the altar with our soul mates. The same study also found that college grads enjoy longer, happier marriages, debunking the idea that family values lead to lasting partnerships.
John tells a more personal story about marriage in his essay on how he grew to love his stepdaughter. If you have, or have been, a stepchild you must read this. I’ve been on both sides of this hard relationship, and this essay made me tear up. Nice work, John!
Heather brings us another story of unconventional paths to parenthood. Scientists have found a way to create a baby mouse from two daddy mice. No mama necessary. I also wrote about experiments with parthenogenesis, but from the other side: how women can knock themselves up without a man’s help.
The most important news of the week had nothing to do with manners. A team of scienists in Europe believe they’ve found a cure for HIV. If they’re right, this is the biggest medical discovery of my lifetime. Carolyn explains what they’ve done, how it works, and how big a deal it might be for our kids when they grow up. Heather also covered this story, bringing in more medical background.
Finally, if you’re looking for ways to keep your kids busy during the winter vacation days, I rounded up some hot tips for cold days. My kids are out on a four-week school break, so I’ve got plenty of time to test drive these and all the great ones readers have offered.