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Parenting Lessons: EW.com

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New post about dolphins and water-in-ears-phobia (there MUST be a real name for this…) coming soon, but in the meantime, check out this funny gallery on EW.com.

The 25 Lessons TV Parents Taught Us

 

My contributions include my personal Parenting Hall of Famers: The Huxtables, Mike & Carol Brady and of course, Ma & Pa Ingalls. (Oh and I also wrote about Roseanne & Dan.)

 

The Education of “Magic Mike”

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Remember how I told you that I would be blogging for EW.com? About how they wanted me to write 1-2 posts weekly about the intersection of pop culture and parenting? Remember how you all congratulated me and told me that it was SO AWESOME? Remember that?

Yeah, you may have noticed that in addition to being SO AWESOME, it has also been SO NOT EXACTLY HAPPENING.

Unless by “1-2 posts weekly,” you mean “one post every couple of months,” the whole thing hasn’t gone exactly as planned.

To clarify, I am writing weekly posts. They are just not – how can I put this – being published.

I think what probably happened is this: I started submitting pieces and they immediately realized that I really didn’t know how to write AT ALL and that while my stuff may be appropriate for a blog called “Who Needs A Nap -> Me,” it was not at all appropriate for a much wider audience.

The editor with whom I’m working is awesome and she assures me that it’s all good and it’s just a matter of figuring out timing and blah blah blah. Really, I hear her saying, “You’re just not as funny as we hoped you would be.”

Which is fine. Little does she know that it’s nearly impossible to offend me. Make me cry? Yes. But offend me? No.

In the meantime, I will continue to submit my sublime literary musings and let you know if any of them see the light of day.

Oh hey, here’s one now… it’s a Pulitzer-worthy piece called:

The Education of Magic Mike

 

 

 

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo…

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First of all, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE INCREDIBLE SUPPORT AND FEEDBACK YOU GUYS HAVE SENT MY WAY UPON HEARING MY BIG NEWS YESTERDAY. YOU ROCK AND I’M SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE SO MANY AWESOME, SUPPORTIVE FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS [AND EVEN A FEW STRANGERS] IN MY LIFE. I’M GOING TO STOP SCREAMING AT YOU NOW.

Moving on…

There’s a new reality show airing tonight on TLC called Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. It’s a spin-off of the show Toddlers & Tiaras. You can read all about my [completely uninformed] opinion over at EW.com by clicking the link below.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

As always, please let me know if you agree, don’t agree, don’t care or don’t even have time to let me know that you don’t care.

PS. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to do this whole cross-linking (aka shameless self-promotion) thing without annoying you all too much. As many of you know, I always link to the new blog posts on Facebook. I am planning on doing the same with new EW.com posts… but should I still link to new EW.com posts through this blog? How many of you are NOT on Facebook? How many of you just want me to STFU? OK, bye.

So, I have news.

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Nope, I’m not pregnant. But that’s what you thought, isn’t it? I promise you, you will NEVER hear those words from me again. Unless it’s an April Fool’s joke. (Consider yourself warned.)

I actually have some exciting news about a new professional development in my life. (Wow, I sound more professional already.)

I have a job! A REAL job! Well, it’s “real” if you count “writing about kids and pop culture” real. And I DO!

I have officially joined Entertainment Weekly’s new online “Family Entertainment Channel,” as a Blogger/Contributor.

I have already mentioned this to a few people and I’ve been asked the same questions over and over again. So let me anticipate your needs and answer them here:

How the hell do you always get so damn lucky?

I have no idea. (Maybe it was all those four-leaf clovers I ate as a kid?) But I’m very grateful.

What will you be writing about for EW.com?

Any topic that combines parenting/kids and pop culture. I’m pretty sure they hired me because they know my kids watch waaaaay too much TV.

Will you still write on this blog?

Definitely. I’m confident that the regular EW readers do NOT want to read about potty training and stretching underwear as I know YOU GUYS do. Am I right? Plus, I’m less inclined to discuss how often I lose my shit on a site that gets more than six readers.

 So, wait, they’re paying you to do what you’re basically already doing for free?

I KNOW, RIGHT??? (Maybe we can keep that between you and me?)

Where can I find your stuff?

Well, my very first column was posted TODAY and you can read it HERE. Check out the site and you’ll see how “The Family Room” is set up. It’s a fantastic resource for parents of kids of all ages. I’ll also post a link to every column from this blog.

Are you nervous about getting negative feedback?

A little bit, because I’ve been told that there are some serious crazies out there who don’t always appreciate the subtle nuances of SARCASM and who maybe take their entertainment blogs a bit too seriously. But I’m working on developing a thicker skin. (M&Ms should help with that, right?)

Should I leave comments over on EW.com pretending that I don’t know you, but saying how awesome I think you are?

Aw, aren’t you super sweet. If you must.

Seriously, how do you get so lucky?

Seriously, I have no idea. Did I mention that I’m very grateful?