May 15th, 2012
It seems many mommies’ panties are in a twist over the provocative Time Magazine breastfeeding cover. I’m not going to write anymore about the mom on the cover, I’ve already done so and it’s my hope that a conscionable media outlet will give her the opportunity to speak for herself once the dust has settled.
What I do want to write about is an incredible post by Kristen Howerton of Rage Against the Minivan entitled Where is the War for the Motherless Child? Reading it was like sticking a finger in a light socket, shocking me out of the idiocy of the Mommy Wars debate.
In it she writes:
“I don’t much care if you breastfed your kid until they started kindergarten, or if you fed them formula from day one. I don’t really care if you turned your infant car-seat forward-facing prior to age 2, or if you homeschool, or if you send your kids to daycare while you go to work. Do you cosleep? Did you circumcise your son? I DON’T CARE. Do you babywear? Push your kid around in a stroller? Use a leash for your kid at Disneyland? Whatever. Good for you.
When it comes to issues of motherhood, there is one issue I care about: some kids don’t have one. All of these petty wars about the choices of capable, loving mothers is just a lot of white noise to me, Quite honestly, I’m often astonished at the non-essential parenting issues I see moms getting their panties in a wad about. Particularly when there are so many kids in this world not being parented at all.” (more…)
May 11th, 2012
Several years ago, during an interview with a homeopathic doctor for an ailment of mine, she mentioned she still breastfed her 5-year old son. I backed out of her office as if she were a crazed circus clown gunman, never to return again to that wackjob. If I’d seen Time’s “Are You Mom Enough?” wildly [...]