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What we’re reading on the blogs today:

Ever have one of those days when you doubt your parenting skills? That’s what they invented Toddlers and Tiaras for, so you can always know that there are far worse moms than you. Check out this clip of a pageant mom forcing her daughter to get her eyebrows waxed. Then go call your mom and let her know she did a good job raising you. Via Huffington Post.

Did you watch the Golden Globes last night? Are you an armchair fashion critique? Lots of great family fun-type news from last night’s show: Toy Story 3 won Best Animated Feature Film and since an animated film is likely to be a good family film, we’re thrilled that there didn’t seem to be any filler-nominations in the whole category.  Are clever and beautiful kid-appropriate movies that don’t bore parents to tears the new standard? (We’re aware awesome family movies have been around for a while, but it often seems like there’s one or two good ones each year, then a bunch of duds.)

Emily Matchar on Salon writes about her recent obsession with Mormon mom blogs. One of the bloggers she follows, Natalie Holbrook, of Nat the Fat Rat explains it thusly: “It seems that a lot of popular culture wants to portray marriage and motherhood as demeaning, restrictive or simple, but in the LDS church, motherhood is a very important job, and it’s treated with a lot of respect.” Consider our interest piqued!

Sick of the Tiger Mother stuff? Neither us nor the main stream media has had enough just yet. Saturday’s Wall Street Journal, which last week featured the essay that started the whole thing, had a defense of the guilty, preoccupied, ambivalent Western mom by Bunch contributor Ayelet Waldman.

And Babble’s Stephanie Thompson wonders if a child’s happiness is tied into their development.


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