Today we are a panel of 4 discussing parenting situations and one in particular—how we can connect with other parents and “Find our tribe.”
Speaking with dynamic (and frequently hilarious) “Mommy Bloggers,” Kim Tracy Prince, Lisa Arch and Lisa Rosenberg, our conversation deals with using the web as a sounding board for parenthood and it’s broad spectrum of approaches.
From the tender to the naughty, our panel deals with the tricky issues of new-mom isolation, disciplining your child, and how to share the experiences of parenthood without losing a grip on our personal relationships. It’s a worthy conversation to have for all parents in the information age.
Kim Tracy Prince is a former TV producer specializing in reality, clip shows, and interviews. Now the Features Editor for the “Best of LA” section at CBS Local Los Angeles, she manages contributions from over 25 writers. At home she manages a husband and two little boys. Kim records the madness of it all for posterity on her blog, House of Prince, which is the hub of all of her online writing and social media activity. Kim is also the founder of Help a Mother Out, a grassroots effort to get diapers into the hands of any family that needs them.
Lisa Arch of Flawlessmom.com has been writing and performing since age 11, and has appeared on Mad TV, Hannah Montana, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, and in the films Legally Blonde and Windy City Heat. She has hosted among others, Style Network’s Clean House.
Lisa Rosenberg worked for 16 years in the television business as a comedy writer, director, and producer. She is currently the stay-at-home mom of a pre-schooler named Bob. Lisa has been blogging for close to three years. Her family humor blog is called Smacksy.
00:07 The Intentional Parent Show intro
01:04 Introducing our panel
02:51 Raising boys and the tricky issue of having boobs.
05:20 Fighting isolation through blogging and finding your “tribe.”
07:51 The line between private and public material and connecting with people.
10:08 Developing a sense of community through blogs.
11:29 Other benefits of the blogging community.
13:09 The urge to compare yourself to other parents.
15:35 Sharing the journey of parenting.
17:00 Expanding the blog to beyond just the kids.
18:30 Writing under the microscope from your family and community.
21:45 The panel opines on a babysitting predicament.
23:45 The difference between secrets and surprises–teaching kids to follow their gut.
28:50 The spanking debate on blogs and twitter.
31:52 Losing composure with the kids.
32:55 Backlash and criticism from the blog.
33:53 Alternative discipline while raising strong kids.
37:00 Parenting blog debates and wars.
40:21 When kids get concerned for parents.
42:35 Trying different parenting styles and finding your own.
46:06 Admitting boredom while still feeling fulfilled.
48:52 Feeling exhausted and remaining available.
50:05 Where to read our mom bloggers.
51:37 Signing off