Here is the latest Time cover featuring a story on attachment parenting. Personally, it wasn’t my parenting choice, but I love to see different women’s stories being highlighted. Everyone’s choice is their own. Everyone’s choice should be supported.
However, I can see the media shit storm already. I can already hear the judgement and the poisonous criticism firing from all sides of the mothering sphere. The title: “Are You Mom Enough?” will only inflame debate. Wouldn’t it be great to see this issue discussed without the vitriol and nastiness?
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?
You know, this reminds me of the shitstorm surrounding Alicia Silverstone feeding her baby from her mouth. Why were people so outraged? Who cares? If it works for the mum and the child, fantastic. My only concern about a three year old being breastfed is that he lives in a society in which this is not the norm, so he may be open to being teased by his peers. But if he can cope with that, then great. Let them breastfeed till puberty if they want. When you think about all the shocking things abusive parents do to their kids, a loving mother making a thoughtful decision – even if it’s different to ours – should be totally respected.
So true Kerri. People waste so much energy tearing others down for their “thoughtful” choices. Mothering is hard work and you need to take the road that helps you get through it happy and healthy x
I do not care what you do with your kids. Apart from child abuse or neglect. Full Stop. x
I echo Mrs Woog’s comments. My only critcism is the headline of “Are you Mom Enough?”, which is purely designed to add fuel to the ever smouldering “Mummy Wars”.
we are quite OK to see kids drinking soft drinks and juices out of a bottle but shock horror when thay are drinking milk. The title is sensationalist but that’s media. Working with kids abuse, hunger and no love is what I worry about
I HATE the “are you mom enough” question. And I think the eye contact the kid is making with the camera is a bit odd (how’s he gonna feel about that pic once he understands what it is?!). But yeah, besides that…let people do what they want. Even if you secretly think its weird.
I am uncomfortable with this image – against my own better judgement.
Hi Bigwords, Enjoyed having a look at your blog and lol at your quote “Drinks a lot of gin” 🙂 I can see you have a good sense of humor so I will post a couple of links to my blog (Art blog but as my paintings subjects mostly centers around my life and kids the stories and art may be of interest to you.) Oh and my favorite drink is Sparkling Red! Love Marie xxx
55. ‘THE RISE AND THE FALL OF THE TOOTH” New blog today 13.11.10 – Fear not I say, listen to the words of
Benjamin Franklin. http://www.mariejonssonharrison.com.au/new/?p=1455
MILLION MILES AN HOUR AND LITTLE MISS CHUCK UP” New blog today 10.6.11 –
and the not so yummy trifle! http://www.mariejonssonharrison.com.au/new/index.php/2011/06/86-a-million-miles-an-hour-and-little-miss-chuck-up/
Oh, this one made me all kinds of annoyed right off the bat. I was annoyed with TIME for the way they set it up, deliberately provocative. I was annoyed by responses to the picture. I’m fine with “Not my choice” or “I’m not sure that would work for me” (It didn’t for me), but “Gross” “Child/Sexual Abuse”, “Perverted”, “Disgusting? THEY made me mad.
http://www.thethingsidtellyou.com/2012/05/dumb-ass-media-piece-of-week.html I know that DrBron over at the Modern Family has a post linking up others.
I am all kinds of angry about this cover and article. The title, the photo, the content, the discussion.
I am so tired of mainstream media sensationalising motherhood, or aspects of it I know it’s nowhere as interesting (to them) as sleepless nights, fights over food and looking after the emotional wellbeing of the next generation, but, seriously??
I don’t care how anyone else mothers, as long as their children are safe, healthy and happy.
I care how I mother and I care about motherhood being as important in our society as governing our nations. Perhaps the fact that it is being as sensationalised as politics, means that it is?
I have not read the article, but know enough of media to imagine it’s content. The headline is horrid. As for the rest – if it works for you and your children I have no problem with it. Seems this image gets more outrage than one of a child refugee in detention. Mums, like Dads, like children, like men and women everywhere are different. We have different needs and ways of doing and being, I for one think it’s a great thing.