Saturday, July 01, 2006

About "Sweet Beatrice"

We named our blogzine "Sweet Beatrice" after the heroine of Much Ado About Nothing. Beatrice is a warm, witty woman who knows how to turn a phrase. In the play she defends herself and her beloved family from criticism and slander while opening her heart to love.

Sweet Beatrice is a blogzine -- a collaborative weblog combined with an e-zine. We want to share things we're not reading in the pediatrician's waiting room. This is about real life parenting and about supporting each other in the choices we make.

Our target audience is the "non-traditional" parent. Not that we're going to publish "Baby's First Tattoo: When should she get it?" any time soon. But articles about who has a decent kiddie menu or where's a good spot to breastfeed when you're out or how to plan a birthday party that doesn't cost a fortune.

Our theory is basically this: parenting is not a competition. When our children are loved, safe and living a healthy lifestyle, we're doing it right. "Doing it right" could mean that our kids go to bed in the clothes they wore all day. We make mudpuddles on purpose. If it means they'll eat the broccoli, we let our kids have dessert first. Sometimes we just don't feel like playing Barbies and we admit to being overwhelmed or lonely or in rapturous bliss as parents.

Single parents, partnered parents, adoptive parents... we make no distinction. It's "parent" here and that's the only label we'll use.

Feel free to contribute your essays or parenting stories. Comment on what you read. Give us ideas of topics you'd like to see. Contact info is in our sidebar.


Blogger thordora said...

I personally do want to know when it's ok for Vivian to get her first tattoo.

I'm serious.

:P Kewl Idea girls

9:14 AM  
Blogger msfortuknit said...

This is a super idea!!
As for the first tattoo thoradora i think that its a parents decision! I dont think it would be bad for a teen around 15-16 to get work done but then again my ex husband was a tattoo artist! hahah and im covered! My oldest is 14.5 and loved it all when she was little and now shes a bloody yuppie! haha go figure!

11:42 AM  
Blogger thordora said...

I forgot to add the tongue. My husband and I have already decided that piercings are ok, but no work until they're 18, or until they stop picking crap pieces. There's enough crap tattoos out there. Mine excluded of course.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the idea of this blog! I've been fighting conforming to traditional parenting for 8 1/2 years.

10:44 PM  

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