Here is a disappointingly digressive take on the stay-at-home-parent by Women’s Comedy (blogger.) The author comments that, “We look up to people who achieve things using their talents and skills – not reproducing and becoming parents. Why? Because any fertile person can do that!”
What the author fails to acknowledge or know, likely due to her lack of experience and research in child-rearing is that while, anyone can have a baby, not everyone has the skills, patience, and authority to be a successful stay-at-home-parent.
KJ Dell’Antonia on Motherlode, points to issues of subsidized childcare.
“It sounds cheesy, but in many cases, these truly are the pillars of their communities. They do after-hours, 24-hours, emergency care. They’re providing the infrastructure that isn’t there for these working parents.” It’s a cobbled-together structure that both employees and ultimately their employers have come to rely on — but the caregivers who create it aren’t compensated or recognized as the resource they’ve become.”
A great article by KJ Dell’Antonia on the Motherlode about cartoon stamps, hyper-safety and over-parenting.
“These are the well-meaning attempts of empathetic, concerned, careful, thoughtful adults to protect our children, but it’s striking that, as a culture, we’re working so hard to protect them from exactly the experiences that helped us become adults ourselves. We learn from making mistakes, even big mistakes. We learn from the things that go wrong, that aren’t fun, that leave us thinking hard about how something could be better. A few of us even learned how valuable those helmets and shinguards are by having an accident while not wearing them. If you never learn where your limits are, it’s hard to learn to respect them — or to transcend them.”