Motherhood is the toughest job. Even though society likes to depict motherhood as all love and hugs and sweetness, the reality for a lot of moms is very different. As the mom of 2 special needs kids, I spent my kids’ early childhood feeling insecure that I wasn’t a good enough mom because my reality didn’t match the image of motherhood I anticipated before becoming a parent. And there are thousands of moms suffering from postpartum depression (PPD), which makes the early years of parenting a nightmare. That is why I took particular offense to the recent cover of Time Magazine that asked, “Are you Mom Enough?” It wasn’t the article about Attachment parenting that bothered me because I think it’s healthy to have open discussions about different parenting styles. But to set off a debate about whether a woman is “mom enough” is unhelpful and, in fact, counterproductive! There are 1000’s of moms in the world already suffering from feelings of inadequacy and needless guilt. Why would Time Magazine want to fan those flames? I’m writing this post on Mother’s Day because it seems particularly timely to point out that ALL moms need the support of the community. It’s not always a bed of roses in the world of parenting. Why can’t we do a better job about celebrating the women who are doing the best to raise their children every day of the year for the rest of their lives? I did enjoy, however, the following video about Moms: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMunV1Y4X2o How did you celebrate Mother’s Day? What was your reaction to the Time Magazine article? Would love to hear your perspective too!
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