Linky Lou, round 2

In the comments to my post on clicking the ads to support my sponsors, Paula asked if there's any way she can contribute directly to my babysitting fund. Thank you! The best way to contribute is to tell 3-4 friends about my site and encourage them to read every day. The more traffic I get, the more ads I can sell and the higher my rate per ad. And of course, please click through the ads, including my newest ad for MaMaMade baby carriers (slings, mei tais, and wraps), natural toiletries, and clothing. (I'm surprised more of you aren't clicking the dog ad. It's an online puzzle based on maps, clues, and math, that pays $25,000 to the winner--geeks' delight!)

And now on to the cool links. is an online magazine with ideas and articles to "ease the everyday challenges of parenting." You can read the articles online, or sign up to get an email every day (M-F) with short informative articles. Their categories include "Boredom Busters" and "Magic Penny" (teaching kids about money), so the site is definitely worth a look. bills itself as "Sustenance for Lesbian Moms," but Dana really has something to say to all parents. A nice mix of personal, political, and "none of the above,"'s snappy style and well-chosen topics make it a daily must-read. is a site dedicated to families with three or more kids. The founder wished for one central site with info and stories about large families, so she started the site she dreamed about. There's a daily blog (written by a bunch of different moms), an advice column, and helpful resources and links.

Meira sent me this link to a story from NPR. A researcher studied three groups of women with different parenting styles and found that there were advantages to all three styles, but there seemed to be a special advantage to a less rigid style of parenting. The study groups were tiny, and I think some of the researcher's conclusions need to be examined more rigorously, but I think the basic idea that sticking rigidly to one style of parenting or another misses out on the basic idea that you need to parent the child you have, not the one the book says you should have. I'm going to look out for more research of this nature in the future.

Finally, just in time for vacation season, I read on (You do read it, don't you? You should read me, then, then go on to your other daily reads.) that you can now sign up with the US Postal Service online to get them to hold your mail for you while you go on vacation. This could be either a major timesaver or a wicked practical joke, depending on how you use this knowledge.