I was going through my blog links today and came accross this entry in Dooce's blog.
Read it! It moved me a great deal. I've been reading her blog for months now and never once thought she was exploiting her child. To me it is understood that not every little experience in a person's day makes it onto their blogs, so it was obvious to me that Dooce was not sharing everything about her life, family, and child. Yet, she has received accusations stemming from exploitation to child abuse because she writes about her daughter on her blog and includes pictures of her. I was astounded to hear that any one would say her writings are abusive to her child. Dooce has a very sarcastic sense of humor, but it is obvious from the words she chooses that she loves her daughter very much and is presenting some of their experiences for the right reasons (either was a sweet warm fuzzy moment, or really funny, or made her think etc.). As part of women bloggers and BlogHer (I think that's what it is called) Dooce is part of a group of women who blog to give a voice to mothers everywhere and in part to help other mothers realize they are not alone and to help people to realize that being a parent is not an easy job. Even in this day and age too many people seem to think that raising a child is easy and that is sad since we should know better.
I think back to when my DD was a toddler and I wish blogs like Dooce's (and others) were available then because it would have made so many things easier for me; the biggest one being that I was not alone. My DD was a wonderful toddler, but she was difficult as well. She has always been very independent, stubborn, creative, amusing, sweet, cranky etc etc (all the various emotional states that human beings have). During those times where she was having a bad day or was overwhelmed, reading someone else's experience with similar behaviors would have been so very helpful.
Maybe I am wrong, but I agree with Dooce and I applaud her and other blogging mothers for what they are doing! Keep it up ladies!