Friday, 15 May 2015

{7QT} Confused Pet Owners and Post Questions


Jenny's Dog-Mom post made my blood boil. Mostly because of the comments. The whole "I'm-my-pet's-Mum" thing is at best a little creepy, at worst fundamentally de-values what a human being is (hint: not an animal). And it goes beyond a mere joke, believe me.


My husband's older sister died age 16, and I know my mother-in-law has had to face many comments from people comparing their grief for their animals to hers. She is one of the kindest persons I know, so she certainly handled it with charity.
I, however, do not feel full of charity (I know I should, and I know I am failing).


I am trying to figure out which posts to publish. I have plenty of ideas, but I don't want to simply indulge myself. So I am going to be brave and ask questions here, just in case someone is willing the weigh in on my dilemmas (being fully prepared for the proverbial crickets).


I have a rant-y post all ready about the whole "Surrender-Monkey" stereotype of the French and the history (or lack thereof) behind it. Should I post it? Would it be actually useful? 

It would have maps!


Jenny again (I love Jenny), asked about sleep training (brave lady), and I mentioned the French method in the comments. Would anyone care for me to elaborate on said method, or does my experience of ONE baby not seem like enough and therefore, should I come back in 4 or 5 babies thank-you-very-much?


Thumbs up or down to more posts about kids' books? I still have plenty to say, but that may not be good news to some.


Not strictly post-related, but on a scale of 1 to Absolute Futility, how futile is it to try and discipline a 10 months-old? Asking for a friend ;-)


Go to Kelly for more articulate posts.


  1. 1 - not going to comment. 2- Do you think it's weird that this random American is suddenly leaving all these comments on your blog? :-) 3 - I'd actually really love to hear the French perspective on this (maps would make it even better)! 4 - I think if you're sharing the wisdom of generations of French mothers, that would be lovely, but I do agree that after only one baby you probably can't say for certain how it works across the board. But share, by all means! I need all the advice I can get on this topic. 5 - I always love hearing book recommendations. Have you seen Leila Lawler's Library Project? Her blog is Like Mother, Like Daughter. 6 - I think it's more helpful with a child that young to think in terms of training, rather than discipline. So absolutely, there need to be unpleasant consequences for undesirable behaviour, but the purpose is to teach the child, rather than to punish him. Does that make sense?

    1. Not at all it's great! That was the whole point of starting the blog! I think I need to mellow down the Surrender Monkey post first, but it will come up I think! And yes, if I count my mum and grandmother's experience, that's 10 babies between us, maybe it has a bit more clout? I love LMLD, and I generally agree with their takes on books (they wouldn't be against my "second-generation books mostly" rule I would imagine :-) ).
      The tricky bit with J is finding something that he would consider disagreeable consequences. So far I've only manged to make him laugh a lot (perhaps that's a good thing?!)

  2. Oh gosh, i cannot imagine hearing somebody compare the loss of a pet to the loss of a child...that leaves me more speechless than all the crazy from last week's post combined. Shudder.

    And I'm a llllll ears about French sleep training (looking menacingly at my growing stomach and willing baby to be a "good" sleeper).

    thanks for the link love!

    1. I know! I couldn't believe it! And I gave the vague version! (working on that whole charity thing). Ok, I shall therefore present the French Method soon!