While I applaud David Hochman and the New York Times for calling attention to the many excellent parent blogs on the Internet, I am dismayed by the underlying sneering and condescension of the article, “Mommy (and Me)”.
Because the piece appeared in the Style section, I had not expected a serious look at the issue. Next week, the lead Style article will probably investigate the many tiaras of Paris Hilton or the latest trends in doggie sweaters. However, I was surprised by Hochman’s unfair misrepresentation of parent blogger as narcissistic, hyper involved in their children’s lives, attention-craving, opportunistic, and thoughtless of their children’s psyche and privacy.
Parent blogs showcase fabulous writing and wit; many have important political and social subthemes. The best ones are anything but cloying. They discuss their kids and their lives with irreverence and humor. Millions read them because they offer universal truths about life, they provide a window into the hidden world of parenting, and they have funny potty jokes. Years from now, historians will view these blogs as primary sources for documenting private life in the 21st century.
I can only guess that the New York Times chose to misrepresent the parent blogs, because its editors hold a bias against families and parents who raise their children at home.