Weekly Web Round-Up: Week of September 28, 2012

This week we have a lot about love and bonding with your kids, as well as a TV show review and a cute video from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Oh, and when you’re done reading this, check out our Halloween website for daily goodies, tips and tricks, events, amazing giveaways, and a photo contest with stellar prizes!

 

Marni Goltsman, an NYC mom whose son was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old,  recently wrote a post about The DNA of Parents on her blog Capturing Autism. This quick, sentimental read talks about how in love parents are with their children.

But my husband and I never go above an eight. Not because we whine about our work days–which we do–but because any ten for us would have to be a day spent with Brooks.

We are rather smitten with him.

 

What is love? Do you know how to define it to the average person? Some people enter into adulthood and still aren’t sure what love is. This little girl, Emma K., already has the meaning of love down, and she’s only 6 years old. (And she even uses the correct you’re/your!)

 

The start of fall brings the season premiers of all your favorite TV shows, as well as the series premiers of a few shows that look to be the next big hit. One of those shows was Guys with Kids. A sitcom about dads. Brilliant, or so I thought… Seth Leibowitz, a part-time stay at home dad in Westchester, wrote a review of the first episode for NYC Dad’s Group. His take? The show is “a poor attempt at showing the television world what bumbling idiots fathers are with children.”

The new comedy features three main characters, a stay-at-home-dad, Gary (Anderson), working dad, Nick (Zach Cregger), and divorced dad, Chris (Jesse Bradford) who all live in the same apartment building. The tree of comedic opportunity is downright ripe for this scenario, but the pilot episode served up a plate of rotten tomatoes. …

As an avid television sitcom viewer and a former television marketer, I understand it takes a few episodes for a show to finds it groove. However, the portrayal of dads in this first episode was more stereotypical than a Jewish lawyer. There is no defining moment that shows the trials and tribulations of fatherhood.

I haven’t seen the show yet, but even with this review I think I’ll still give it a try because like Seth says, “it takes a few episodes for a show to find its groove.” Have you seen the show? What did you think?

 

Celebrities who support St. Jude, including Jennifer Aniston, Betty White, Michael Jordan, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Oz, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt, and many more, joined St. Jude patients, nurses, doctors, and researchers to sing “Hey Jude” in a video that supports the hospital’s fundraising efforts.

 

Do you put up jam, sauces, and pickled veggies?  It’s a labor of love, but it is definitely worth it—especially canning with your child, or even your parent(s). Over at Motherlode, Susan Sachs Lipman talks about her time canning with her daughter in a post called The Bond of Blueberry Jam.

Crafting places us on a continuum that reaches back for thousands of years. When we make things together in circles, bees or more spontaneous groups of people, there is room for both camaraderie and for getting lost in one’s own creation. Lots of kids, especially teens, reveal things during shoulder-to-shoulder time that they would never say face-to-face. As we make things side-by-side, we provide the space for low-key conversation, for telling jokes (Anna once declared a lone berry, left on the counter, to be the factory boss: “Okay, every berry, I’m going to say who gets made into jam!”), or for letting comfortable silence envelop us.

What Lipman says in this post absolutely holds true for me. I’ve spent countless hours in the kitchen with my dad canning jams and jellies, pickled veggies—beets are my favorite—applesauce, salsa, and tomato sauce, and when we get in the groove, we’re like a well-oiled machine. Sometimes we talk and joke around, and sometimes we just work in silence. However we work, it’s the fact that we are spending time together, making something with our hands that “signifies both care in the creation and the joy of gentle family bonding.”

 

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