Sunday, October 4, 2009

Would You Take Parenting Advice From This Woman?

Thanks to Dee, for the tip in the comments to this post, that Anita Tedaldi's new book is a parenting manual! Says HuffingtonPost:

Anita’s forthcoming book Major Moms, Keeping Your Troops in Line (Adams Media) will be out in Apr 2010.

Silly me, thinking the book would be a tell-all of her adoption disruption. Seemed reasonable, given the usual writer's advice: "write what you know." Who could have guessed she knew something about parenting. . . .

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is so beyond the realm of outrageous...!!!

I am sorry but I do not buy the whole "we-could not bond" routine. Clearly, she started with good intentions but when she ended up having more biological children after she adopted a baby, she was likely overwhelmed by the work. So how do you fix that...put up the adopted child for adoption...what a fine example of commitment & responsibility....:-((((

Wendy said...

Good grief. Just shows you don't have to be a writer to be published, you need someone who will back you. Sad...someone will come across this and not know who she is, read her book, and take her advice.

travelmom and more said...

Wow it is crazy that this woman can get published,

This is off topic but still about parenting advice. I am not sure who else to turn to for my question, you talk about race and identity more than any other forum I have found so I thought I would try here. My family always refer to many things as "Chinese hair cut," "Chinese toys" "Chinese paintings" etc. They have lived in Europe for the last 12 years where national identity is part of their daily dialogue "the French Kid" "The Moroccan Shop" and political correctness is non-existent. I ask my family not to use racial or ethnic identifiers for things but they persist. When I spoke to my mother and asked her not to use "cheap Chinese art" to describe paintings in a local chain she said "they are produced in China in factories and this is what I am up against as an Artist" which is true, but the demeaning tone that things that are cheap and poor quality come from China gets to me, and worries me about how my daughter hears these comments. I would love to give my mother some articles about race, identity and racism. She thinks she understands racism because they lived in Spain and are very blond and my brother was called lemon head, and we grew up in Utah as non-Mormons and dealt with a fair amount of social exclusion, but it is clear to me she has very little understanding of race and identity. I am struggling with how to talk to them about the significance of this for my family, when I talk about my concerns she dismisses me as too sensitive or too politically correct or "you can't shelter her forever" I need some ammunition that doesn't come from me.

Jae Ran said...

Haha, I loved your last line!