Parenting Roundup: Dabbling or Quitting?

One of Emparenting’s favorite daily reads is the Motherlode blog by Lisa Belkin, on the New York Times Magazine website.

Belkin is far from the rock-star, “bare-my-soul-to-all-while-drinking-martinis” sort of mommy blogger with whom we are all so familiar these days (Can anyone say Dooce?), nor is she an expert psychologist meting out doctrinal parenting advice. Rather than giving us catastrophes and catechisms, Belkin keeps her finger on the pulse of what parents are talking about nationwide and relays those conversations to us with a perfected balance of elegance, wit and wisdom.

Here is her bio-blurb from the Motherlode homepage:

Lisa Belkin is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, where she writes frequently about family life. For nearly 10 years she was the Life’s Work columnist for the Times, exploring the balance (or imbalance) of home and work. She is also the host of “Life’s Work With Lisa Belkin” on XM satellite radio and the author of three books, including “Life’s Work: Confessions of an Unbalanced Mom.” Her own personal Motherlode is her husband, Bruce, two teenage sons and one dog who seems to think he’s her baby.

This week Belkin gives us (among other excellent posts) a short but pointed piece called When to Let a Child Quit.

In it, she discusses how to encourage kids to try new and diverse activities on for size without being married to them, and how to let go of the failed experiences.  Belkin differentiates between dabbling (which she sees as positive) and quitting (negative).

Good food for thought here.