Skeptical Parent Crossing #8

Welcome to the 8th edition of Skeptical Parent Crossing – another exciting episode in the adventures of skeptical parents as they embark on a journey to explore strange new parenting ideas and boldly go where no parent has gone before.

Sonja Stewart from Parenting Squad explores a very thought-provoking subject in Mommy, What’s a God? (and other questions of myth and religion).


David Gross from The Picket Line examines his mental state as an anxious, unsure youth, and is relieved to have developed confidence in his own judgement.  He ponders over “how institutions like the public schools seem designed to keep people in an insecure state of stunted ethical immaturity” in The Picket Line — 24 April 2009.



Elisha Webster Emerson from My Inconvenient Body discusses a hotly debated topic regarding labour and the use of pain relief in The Labor Politic.


Kelly Diels from Kelly Diels . com – Live with Purpose and Passion shares a humourous and light-hearted account about “teachable moments in a child’s life” in On Barack Obama and Teachable Moments.


Elizabeth Alexander from How to be a weekend Dad: A Guide for Single Mothers offers a humourous perspective about trying to be a Dad at your son’s ball game (when you’re a Mum) in LESSON EIGHT: Play Ball.



Catherine VanWetter from To The Heart of the Matter says, “The challenges that we face as parents of teenagers, can be extreme, and our teens, whether they know it or not, need us even more. As we step from one era into the next, the challenges that we face as parents can bring us to our knees or, at the least, to the verge of tears.  Here are just a few suggestions that I can offer you, to perhaps create a smoother transition though these trying years of both your own and your child’s development.”  In To the Heart of the Matter – “Understanding the Teenager in Your Life: From “Disconnect to Reconnect”, she discusses life as a parent to teenagers.



Jenafer from Cage Free Monkeys investigates the effects of artificial food colouring on the temperaments of her children with some interesting results in Eliminating Artificial Food Coloring From Kids Diets– Why Do It and Is It Worth It?.



Suzanne from Without Dash takes a hard look at over-parenting and how it can affect the development of our children in I wish my parents had some hobby other than me!.



Becca Glouzstein from Inspiration for Mothers . Com raises an interesting discussion about whether our children feel loved in On Making your Child Feel Loved.



Emma from Baby-Log talks about life as a parent before and after the baby arrives and how drastically our perspectives can be altered by one little bundle in Before And After the Baby.  Emma – I can so identify with you there!



Dan from My Dad Blog shares “an intriguing, inexpensive method to boosts kids’ test scores…and an expensive remedy that doesn’t really work like you might think” in Things that Make your Kids Smarter…and Things that Don’t.  Hmmm… isn’t chewing gum in schools against the rules, though?  I know we weren’t allowed to chew gum in our school where I was growing up.



I’ve also submitted one of my posts to the carnival questioning the recent precaution on the use of Bonjela in children for teething purposes in Is Bonjela Safe to Use in Teething Children?.



And that concludes this edition.  To participate in the next edition of Skeptical Parent Crossing, make sure you submit your article using our carnival submission form. The next edition will be hosted over at Blog on the 21st of June.  Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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About the author

Dr Shen-Li Lee Dr Shen-Li Lee is a freelance writer and mum to two boys who have been the inspiration for her ongoing study in child development and education. She searches for the balance in child development methods and educational philosophies that will encourage the nurture of happy, confident and successful children. She shares her views and findings at Figur8.


  1. figur8 says:

    Thanks Podblack. Dont’ know what happened with the images, but I’ve gone back and edited them.

    Good point. Perhaps I should edit the start of my blog post and remove the preamble.

  2. Hi, some of the images are missing? Good round up though! :)

    I think it’s a little redundant to put (as the last roundup did) any message saying ‘if you’re off-topic, don’t submit’ – as I said to Blake originally, there’s dozens of ‘spam bloggers’ who will automatically use the system to pop in a post. They don’t read the requirements, and most likely don’t even read the final product where you ask them _not_ to do that – the idea is that they sneak in as many hits as possible where they can.

    I’d suggest we just ignore them in the future, because then the opening of EVERY carnival becomes kind of like a rant to no avail. Accept that there’s going to be ‘inappropriate’ entries and just cull them unquestioned. I never found any that submitted to my turn as a host ever contacted me (they were probably too busy submitting to ‘Goat Blog Carnival’ and ‘Car Repair Carnival’ at the time…) 😉