It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Interesting Article

Looking up that book title when responding to Matthew’s comment, I came across this article that makes reference to it. She’s the kind of uber-anxious mommy who warms the hearts of all makers of educational toys and enriching activities, and who chills me to the marrow. There is a happy medium out there!

August 10, 2005 - Posted by | controversy, parenting, peer pressure


  1. Deja vu, its my sister 😐

    Comment by Si | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  2. Well, not my sister per se, but the same behaviour as my sister displays with her son. Spooky!

    Comment by Si | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  3. Si: Oh, dear. Your poor nephew. Maybe you should send her the link to the article (anonymously, perhaps?).

    Comment by Mary P. | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  4. I do feel sorry for him, even if I sent the link anonymously she would know its me; and as we have had other arguments over her forcing 2 of her 3 children to become vegatarians its not worth the hastle. The peace is too fragile 🙂

    Comment by Si | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  5. Love those family dynamics! You’re quite right: in this case, discretion is the better part of valour.

    Comment by Mary P. | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  6. How much do I LOVE that article?

    Comment by misfit | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  7. Isn’t it great? Our printer is out being cleaned, so I’ve forwarded the link to my sweetie so he can print me up a copy. Into my files it goes, to be given to needy parents… I do get people leaning in that direction in this professional neighbourhood. (Though no one quite so loopy as the woman described on the first page!)

    Comment by Mary P. | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  8. Thank you! Thank you!

    Comment by LoryKC | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  9. You’re welcome! You love it for you, or for a friend?

    Comment by Mary P. | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  10. I’ll bet that woman’s son can’t name ALL the original members of the Justice League of America.

    Like MY three-year-old can.

    So there.

    Comment by Susan | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  11. Nyah, nyah. And so he should, of course, because parenting is all about Competition, and pushing out (so to speak) the Best Product. Gauged by what he knows, not who he is. Right?

    (And if your son really does know that, I’ve just lost a reader… sigh…) 🙂

    Comment by Mary P. | August 12, 2005 | Reply

  12. No, no, he really doesn’t, and it would take more than that to actually get me to STOP reading here, so rest assured.

    But he really can name a shocking number of superheros. And I’m not always sure how I feel about that. I like to use it to scare the flash-card mommies.

    Comment by Susan | August 12, 2005 | Reply

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