From time to time I get link requests, and here's one especially I'd like to support.
The first is Play is the Work. This is a blog by two moms, one in Seattle and the other in San Francisco. tag line: "The blog for parents who want to worry less and play more." Unlike some of the slacker mom stuff that was coming out a year ago or so, this blog's attitude is about worrying less, and still really being affectionate toward your kids. The slacker mom material always seemed so harsh, to my ears anyway. This blog is about kindness. It's connected with a small media company called BrainCandy that these two moms have created. I think their product is alternative video for young kids. So go check them out, they're trying to start and sustain forward-thinking conversations about parenting, and tell Sam I sent you.
And also, Suzanne over at Mother in Chief needs some cheering up. She's been moving back into the paid workforce, through free-lance writing, is trying to make the pay from her job equal what it costs to do time-consuming writing work; in short, she's dealing with something similar to many of us who do writing, or part time work, or who move back and forth between paid and unpaid work. So give her some cheer, tell her it will be okay, and that if you lived near her you'd stop by to babysit, or do her laundry.