Most Friday mornings I’m up before 6am getting ready to post my weekly caught-my-eye round up on Grace’s Flog your blog Friday. Posting early is like going for a morning run. Once you’ve been out a few times you get to know a couple of the locals that are also up, you feel good when you’ve done it and it sets you up for the day.
Today is different as I had leaving drinks for a job I’ve been doing for 4.5 years. All very exciting for me with a new opportunity coming along but sad to be leaving such great friends and an awesome workplace behind. I had a great time, bid some sad farewells and woke up this morning with a feeling I haven’t had in quite a while. I think I know why my dad had “head colds” on the odd Saturday morning after getting home late from work.
How do you handle boozy nights? Do you even have them? Do you miss them?
What’s wrong with being a good girl?
This week I came across an opinion piece that put me in two minds. It’s an intelligently written article about raising girls, an activity that I am currently undertaking. The article the problem with raising good girls talks about the expectation of girls to be nice, self sacrificing and sweet where boys are expected to be competitive, physical and self serving. It then goes on to use a children’s book called the very cranky bear to show just how deeply seated this expectation is.
I liked what this article said about girls being raised with limitations, something I am very aware of in how I talk and act with my daughter. What concerns me is that “being good and enabling of others” is seen as something to be traded off against “being competitive and capable of achieving your goals”. I’m trying to raise my girl to be both.
What do you think.
[Steps off soap box]
Best ‘Boobgate’ contributor
It was interesting to be a part of the debate about Kochy’s comments on breast feeding this week. There can be a tendency, when a well known personality says something dumb and sensationalist, for the reported responses to be completely over the top (and equally dumb and sensationalist). Which is why it was so refreshing to read a post by Megan over at Mrs D’s about the whole controversy. Her perspective is well worth a read. It’s a shame that well thought out opinions like this didn’t get the same airplay that the more radical views on both sides did.
You can follow Megan on twitter.
2013’s first Brave Blogging Award
Although I’ve already awarded this particular recipient a Caught My Eye award, my good mate Matt over at Dad Down Under deserves a mention this week for his brave, honest and touching post about dealing with his depression. In a society where guys can struggle to put the words together Matt comes out with a beautiful story about how he went about dealing with his head space by helping other people deal with theirs.
Well done Matt, consider this award the blogging equivalent solid back slapping hug.
Thanks, my two readers, for waiting patiently for this weeks instalment. As always, I’m sharing with Grace for Flog your blog Friday. If you haven’t checked it out, do so, there’s some great baby pictures in there 😉