Of motherhood

Dorothy E. Roberts (Penn): Prison, Foster Care, and the Systemic Punishment of Black Mothers. Tiger moms versus helicopter: Jane Shilling on the multimillion-pound industry devoted to telling you how to raise your child. An excerpt from Why Have Kids? A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness by Jessica Valenti. Pamela Gwyn Kripke on why it’s better to be raised by a single mom. Passionate mothering and its discontents: Julie Stephens reviews Women Who Opt Out: The Debate Over Working Mothers and Work-Family Balance and The Demands of Motherhood: Agents, Roles and Recognition by Lisa Smyth. Whatever your mom ate, you like: Children’s food preferences start before birth. The Mommy Worry Wars: Anxiety doesn’t make it harder to get pregnant or have a healthy baby. Mary McCarthy on top ten reasons she hates mommybloggers: The term is condescending, dismissive, and oh-so-Internet-five-minutes ago.