Motherhood seems to be a hot topic in recent weeks.
To start, last Sunday was Mother’s Day. Leading up to Mother’s Day, there was that controversial Time Magazine thing with a mom breastfeeding a four-year-old. “Attachment parenting” was the hot issue (I’ve never heard that term). Before that, I watched with amusement on the Colbert Report (because that’s where I get most of my political news) a couple of weeks ago about the off-handed comment of a political analyst. She said a certain stay-at-home mom who “hasn’t worked a day in her life” wasn’t qualified to make an assessment about the economy. Then there was some equally judgmental backlash to that comment from the other side of the campaign…
Yesterday I read an article in our local paper about “Mommy Wars” in the U.S. – people raging in debate about how to raise our children. Another new term for me.
I just sighed as I pondered how to proceed with this post. Want to know what my opinion is about all of this hot debate?
Yet there’s reason for debate. Mothers have questions that demand answers. Here are just a few of the questions I’ve encountered and will continue to encounter as my kids mature:
- Should I work full time, or stay home or try to work part time?
- Should I formula feed or breastfeed? When/how should I wean?
- How should I train my kids to sleep, if at all? Should I let them “cry it out?”
- Is it okay to use physical punishment, like spanking? How often? How hard? What other forms of discipline are good to use?
- How much TV is okay to watch?
- What should I feed my kids?
- How should I potty train?
- Should I send them to preschool? When?
- Should I send them to public school? Private school? Home school?
- How many activities should my kids be involved in?
- How/when should we talk to our kids about sex?
- Should they have curfews when they’re teenagers? When?
- Is “grounding” appropriate for discipline for teens?
- Should they be allowed to date? At what age? What kind of rules do we need in our home regarding the opposite sex?
- Will it ever be okay to kick them out?
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