Welcome to the new On Parenting blog. I hope you’ll become a part of this community and resource for those of us engaged in, truly, the oldest profession.
Parenting goes back to the Stone Age and before. And every gen
eration of parents feels as if they’re reinventing the process. In their own way, they are. A few years ago, who worried about plastic? Before that, who debated screen time? And before that, “paternity leave” wasn’t part of our language.
Our generation is raising children with so many more advantages and so much more information. That’s mostly a blessing. (How did they do it without iPhones?)
But there’s a curse hidden in there.
News and opinions are crashing down on us all the time. Should we take our daughters to work or host a royal wedding tea? Should we pay for our son’s SAT tutoring or carve out more downtime? Should we let the kids walk to school alone or buy the new app that tracks their every move? Given what we’re learning every day, how should we best comfort/ discipline/ encourage/ protect?
On Parenting is intended to help. It’ll be a guide, sounding board and conversation rolled into one. I’ll write about the news, ideas, trends, people and opinions shaping our experience.
As we go forward, I hope you offer your insights and reactions in the comments section or by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling me at 202-334-9690.
A bit about myself: I’ve been a journalist for more than 15 years. More to the point, I live in the District and am the mother of two girls, a toddler and a preschooler, so I’m living many of the experiences we’ll be talking about.
I’m also an avid seeker of things to do. I cannot be in my house with my children for any stretch of time because the place is the size of a spacious walk-in closet. The city has become our living room.
In other words, I am, like you, the target audience of this blog. In addition to posts by me, we’ll also offer a variety of other voices, daily roundups of breaking news and links to current events and interesting articles.
Continue the conversation with me at On Parenting.