• How did I miss this? Steel yourself and head over for a moment to the Institute for American Values. Read the goals of the organization. Spend a little time poking around on their blog. After a little digging you should see that this is a conservative think tank, opposed to queer parents and single parents, but with the spin that it offers some openness to the other side by inviting a few liberals to speak and trumpeting the fact that they’re engaging in exploration and civilized debates. Is it any wonder then that their recent report on donor-conceived people, delightfully titled “My Daddy’s Name is Donor,” shows that donor conception is bad for children? On the blog of the IAV, an author of the study criticizes the COLAGE DI-guide and the recent Pediatrics study of lesbian-headed families while tagging on praise at the end that everyone is doing the work that needs to be done to figure out these difficult problems. I’m still trying to decide if I have the stomach to read the study. Just so you get a sense of the IAV, the founder and president is David Blankenhorn, who opposes gay marriage, but really really likes gay people. BTW, you can also read a critique of the IAV report at BioNews.
  • Check out a review by Amy of Equally Shared Parenting of a new book for anyone out there expecting a first baby. And while you are there check out their Gloria Steinem connection.
  • Totally Smitten Mama writes a sweet, heartbreaking, and joyous post about her marriage difficulties and how she is newly committed to renewing her relationship and keeping her family intact. It’s a good reminder to all of us to nurture our relationships and not let our kids turn us into strangers.
  • Ry Russo-Young offers up this charming piece on growing up with lesbian moms. I love the look at lesbian conception in the 1970’s, some of the challenges of being part of a lesbian-headed family, and the obvious love the whole family shares.
  • Here’s an article about a new book by Elisabeth Badinter, “a French philosopher who has shaken her fellow feminists with a frontal assault on the breastfeeding, pumpkin-peeling, earth motherhood ideologists who she believes are a threat to women’s liberation.” I found the article interesting and really want to read the book. Of course I’m one of those moms who “breastfeed, make purées and wash nappies,” but I see a lot of sexism in the intensive mothering craze and I’m curious about what Badinter makes of it.
  • Check out this great post by Bree on supplementing breastmilk with formula. She talks about how she ended up supplementing and how it has made her life easier (without ripping a hole in the fabric of the breastfeeding universe).
  • In case you missed it, check out the humorous, but all-too-true Salon piece, Cribs vs. Beds. “When it comes to raising a kid, two gangs dominate, and they agree on only one thing: You’re doing it wrong.”