Even before Amy Green became a mom 11 years ago, she started reading articles on parenting -- and felt clammy with fear and dismay. "I was really taken aback," she said. "The main one was 'Mommy Madness.' It was a really long article, I think a Newsweek cover, about how much stuff moms are doing for and with their kids, and how much time they're spending, and I was like, what?"
Amy, a graphic designer in New Hampshire, was the first of her friend group to have kids, so she hadn't spent time on the parenting scene yet. But in the articles, "All these moms were talking about how stressed they were. I thought back on my own childhood -- I was a child of the '70s -- and my mother worked and of course it was, 'Go out and come back at dinner.' That’s consciously what my husband and I decided to do with our parenting."
To make it feel less strange -- and to bolster others who were considering a similar approach -- Amy started a FlipBoard, which is like an archive of articles, or a single-topic magazine. Voila: "Real Parenting" as posted by Lt. Tawny Madison. ("That's the Sigourney Weaver character from 'Galaxy Quest.' I'm a total geek and I love her.")
Amy adds that she is also a "research-aholic," so the site includes articles on risky play, forest schools, "stranger danger" (how much it's overblown) and tech. She found some of these pieces right here on the blog, and some others via our Facebook discussion group, "No More Helicopter Parenting: Let Grow Support Group."
Nowadays, she steers her friends to Let Grow and her FlipBoard, and in appreciation, she wanted to share it with us all.
Thanks, Amy! And if any of you readers have come up with share-able ways to calm your fellow parents, please tell us your ideas, too!