Although your kids may make you want to rip out your hair and scream bloody murder, must parents remain calm, forgiving and extremely patient? Not anymore. Blogs and web sites like True Mom Confessions are revealing intimate truths about parenting and forcing us to reconsider what it means to be a "good parent."
Waldman, branded a "bad mother" after stating she loves her husband more than her children, and Bronson, science writer turned parenting investigator, share their experiences, discuss their perspectives on current distorted parenting habits and explore a new way of thinking about kids.
Po Bronson gained renown as a wickedly trenchant chronicler of the 1990s dotcom frenzy. A former bond salesman, he covered Silicon Valley as a features writer for WIRED and parlayed his experiences into the comic novel The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest (1997)—later made into a movie—and the nonfiction best seller The Nudist on the Late Shift (1999). His next book, What Should I Do With My Life? (2003), hit number one on the New York Times best seller list. In 2006, Bronson began collaborating with Ashley Merryman on a series of award-winning magazine articles, reporting on recent science that overturned conventional ideas on parenting and education. Their subsequent book, NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children (2009), was on the Times best seller list for six months. Their new book, Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing (2013), examines the role of competition in our lives.
Regan McMahon is the author of Revolution in the Bleachers: How Parents Can Take Back Family in a World Gone Crazy Over Youth Sports. She is deputy book editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. She is a book critic, feature writer and the children's book editor for the paper, where she has worked for many years.
Formerly a rock critic, editor and feature writer for a California pop music magazine called BAM, she was a French teacher in middle school and high school before she was a journalist. She got her Bachelor of Arts degree in French from the University of California at Berkeley, and went on to get both a teaching credential and a Master of Arts in the Teaching of French from UC Berkeley.
Her husband, Blair Jackson, is also a journalist, a music critic and feature writer as well as an author and biographer. They live in Oakland, California, with their two teenage children.
Ayelet Waldman is the author of "Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace," "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits,"
"Daughter's Keeper." and the Mommy-Track Mysteries. Her essays have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and newspapers.