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Parents Whose Advice I'd Like To Hear

Posted: 12/23/2011 9:19 am

Nadya Suleman, who you probably know as the Octomom, is now getting paid to teach you how to be a good parent. That sums up so much of what is backwards in the world, doesn't it?

Why are all the WRONG people stepping up with advice?

Khloe Kardashian has a Mommy Blog. "Real Housewife" Alex McCord has written a book. ("This should be a book as to what not to do," one Amazon reviewer snarked, but, alas, McCord was serious.) At least Lynne Spears had the sense to scratch her book plans when her daughter Jamie Lyn (aka Britney's sister) had a baby at 16. (Perhaps Jamie Lyn can get her own parenting talk show next?) But still, she'd thought about it.

The Suleman announcement got me thinking. It's clear who should NOT be in this "let-me-tell-you-how-to-do-this" business. But who really should be adding their voices to the parenting conversation?

Here's who I'd like to hear from:

Steven Spielberg's Mother
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Leah Adler has given interviews describing her son's childhood, but I want more. Did little Steve watch movies when he should have been doing homework? Did he alienate his playmates (or make friends) by constantly shoving a camera in his face? What did his mother do that allowed her son to grow into an adult with a child like wonder at the world, but no drug habit?

Whose book or blog would YOU read? (And yes, you can name your own mother. Or not.)