Thursday, March 8th, 2007
Blogroll Update: More Gear and Issue Blogs
The Ageless Bricoleur was a peculiar find. The main site is for a husband and wife team that does organizational consulting and personal
coaching. Their blog covers lifelong learning, and the (linked) "Ages & Stages" category covers kids. I enjoyed their Learning in Nature Activities post, so I’m watching to see what else comes along.
Anti-Racist Parent is "for parents committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook." It’s the product of an "anti-racism training company." I don’t know that I’m focused enough to read on the topic every other day, but some of the posts are illuminating.
Baby Tool Kit is about baby gear and baby gear hacks as described by a couple "geek parents." It’s hands-on I-really-did-this stuff.
Eco Child’s Play has a tagline of "natural toy reviews," but the content is a little broader. The front page today includes talk about Klean Kanteen (got one), plastic milk bottles, and lead in children’s lunch bags that our beloved government lied about.
GoodyBlog is written by Parents Magazine, and surprisingly, it doesn’t suck. That’s not to imply anything negative about the magazine. It’s just that when I think of a polished media company launching a blog I expect it to be a clone of the parent in spirit, if not in content. There’s an interesting mix of products and commentary on news. They also had the good sense not to name it "Parents Magazine Blog." Goody is its own animal.
Heads, Shoulders, Knees and All That talks about kid’s music and early childhood education. The author is a children’s English school director in Tokyo and one of the folks behind a couple Super Simple Songs CDs by Knock Knock English. Both web sites are loaded with original "homemade" music videos hosted on Youtube.
Inside Fatherhood has has a mix of parenting articles, sometimes personal, with a new one every few days.
Kids Crafts Weekly describes itself as a "newsletter" with craft ideas for young kids. Newsletter = a blog published once every two weeks. It’s quality, not quantity. Each issue has three HOW-TO tutorials for kid’s crafts with step-by-step photo instructions. You can sign-up for an e-mail notification to remember to return to the site.
Parenting: Babies & Toddlers at About.com is an unlikely recommendation for me because of my bias against About.com authors in general. "Get a real blog, you lazy bum!" But Stephanie Brown does some good writing about bread and butter parenting. Aha, that’s it. B&BP is my new term to describe the opposite of "hipster parenting" that focuses on fashion and style. Stephanie’s recent bread and butter topics include infant CPR classes, making your own peanut butter and *gasp* budget diaper bags from Craig’s List and Freecycle.
Rookie Moms was added to my blogroll mid-season, so I’ll blurb it here. It is a blog that documents baby and toddler activities. It’s written by two rookie moms for rookie moms. Yes, I know it’s needlessly sexist. They don’t write about many (any?) activities that require a vagina. I did find an "activity" on their blog that requires "boobs," but the last time I checked men had breasts. We just don’t refer to them as boobs. Women call us boobs.
Toy Instructions is a peculiar site. It carries links to toy instructions and manuals and Yahoo user groups and fan sites for toy brands. I’m a little skeptical because it’s linking to documents instead of hosting the documents on-site. What happens when manufacturers take old content offline? Still, the site could be useful.
Z Recommends provides "excellent, experience-based product recommendations, personal observations on parenting, and an ongoing journal of our daughter Z’s growth and development." Hey, that sounds familiar. Z is 2.5-years-old.
Zooglobble is a review site for kid’s music. It’s been around a while, but I never got into it because it’s easy to be overwhelmed once you realize how much music is out there that you’ve never heard before.