I’m a Bad Parent

I’m a Bad Parent

Remember a few months ago when I pitched a story and it was accepted? Well, it’s running this week at Babble.com. I am pleased with how the story turned out, although I honestly don’t think that Simon would be talking even if I hadn’t taught him sign language. I had a different ending originally, one that said more forcefully that some form of communication is better than no communication at all and that We understand each other just fine, thank you very much Dr., but my editor wanted something a little more “self-deprecatory” to keep the tone of the piece more consistent. So it is what it is. I wish that I could do a follow-up or something to talk about the really fun parts of signing, like the “potty train” incident I blogged about a week or so ago. The editor really likes this piece and encouraged me to pitch her some more, so maybe I’ll get my chance.And I need to give a big shout out to Stephanie Robertson for having Babble linked on her blog, because I never would have known about it otherwise. Stephanie, thank you for helping me find a way to exploit my child for money.

10 thoughts on “I’m a Bad Parent

  1. lizzie!!!! you are so wonderful and brilliant!!! i’m so happy for you, but of course you’re playing it cool like it aint no thing… can’t wait to read the piece. i hope you know i’ve fantasized about writing an article for babble many many a time….i love that i can always look to you to make dreams come true.

  2. oh my gosh! i wish i were you! i have often thought, how can i write for babble and then i dont even try because i feel like it is only ny times writers and stuff. this is amazing and you are amazing and i am glad that i had any part in it- congrats!

  3. You two could totally write for Babble. They make pitching really easy and the editor is great to work with. If you want I can send you some tips for how to write a pitch and that sort of thing. I know you have great stories.

  4. lizzie! your are so cool!!

    PLEASE write a blog post about tips for how to write a pitch and the step by step process you take to get a story pitched. I am just SO interested in what you do, and I wanna know more!

  5. I am also a proud mom of a little one…she’s 13 months old and I’ve just begun the task of teaching her sign. My question is, did you reinforce him to say the word he was signing at the same time? I have read so many articles “yes, it’s the best way” and “no it just confuses them”….and now I don’t even know which is more beneficial.

  6. When I started teaching him, he wasn’t old enough to even think about reinforcing him to say the word, but I did always say the word, usually multiple times, every time I signed to him. From everything I’ve read and heard, the more you talk to the child, the better. I hope that answers your question, Anonymous. Not that I’m an expert or anything. :)

    I’ll see what I can do about putting together a “pitch post” for those who are interested.

  7. Congrats Lizzie! Great article. It’s already got a good rating from those who have read it, so well done! I think it’s fun to hear different takes on the baby sign thing.

    When we started I’d only ever heard the positives, and we used it with Neils and it happened to work very well, even though my mom swore he’d get confused as Conan was also speaking only Chinese to him at home –but then, Neils is a very verbose person, and I can’t imagine anything we could have done to shut him up if we’d tried! In fact the signing may have really helped him to see the consistency between the two languages and catch on better. I don’t know.

    With Burke it worked almost “too” well as we didn’t see his language skills develop on track either, though eventually he pretty much caught up, but I think he would have been as delayed regardless of the signing. It was actually recommended by his speech therapist, and she recommended that we always verbalize and encourage him to verbalize with the signing. At least this way he could communicate SOMETHING, and I think without it we would have really seen the frustrated terribles much more than we did. His only vocalization from 9 months to maybe 18 months was a blood-curdling scream. Happy, sad, no difference. So we were much happier with our little boy who could at least let us know what he was thinking with his hands, and so was he!

    With Keane it seemed to have no effect either way. So I guess in some ways it just depends on the kid.

    Just an interesting topic, you know?

  8. hey, i just read your piece–nice work! that’s awesome. it’s really cool to see you on your way. someday i can say i read your blog before you were famous…

  9. Awesome, Lizzie! I’ve mentioned your article to all my blogging mom friends and they’ve really enjoyed your article and Babble. Thanks for introducing us! I feel so much pride in just being associated with you- a published journalist :)

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