Remember the Simpsons episode where Homer says, "Alcohol, the cause of and solution to all of life's problems"? (If you missed it, here's the clip.) I kind of feel the same way about the internet, especially when it comes to parenting advice. Dealing with troubling, or perhaps just annoying, child rearing issues, I have on may occasions found useful, sage advice on the internet. Or at least the gobs of information online has confirmed what I already knew. (Potty training takes time. Babies will eventually sleep. Pacifiers are not inherently evil.) But let's face it, there is a lot of crap on the internet. And if you are looking to scare yourself or increase your general anxiety level, look no further than your home computer.
Given the scarcity of sound parenting websites, I am always thrilled when I find something that is both intelligent and calming in its tone. Two Peds in a Pod is a "Pediatric Blog & Podcast for Parents on the Go." Written by Dr. Julie Kardos and Dr. Naline Lai, pediatricians in the Philadelphia area, it offers a rational, professionally grounded advice on common pediatric concerns. I especially like that the often address social-emotional development in addition to more common, but no less important, issues like what should your baby's poop look like. A recent post, for example, looked at Silly Bandz as a metaphor for the stages of child development. Cute. And smart. A site worth checking out.