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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Lead Poisoning Guidelines Revised; More Considered at Risk
Up to 365,000 more children across the USA will be considered at risk of lead poisoning under new guidelines released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most U.S. Children Under 1 Are Minorities, Census Says
In what is a historic milestone, the population of minority children younger than the age of 1 has overtaken whites, the Census Bureau said on Thursday.

Want A Less Fussy, Easier to Soothe, Kinder Child? Make Music!
Three new studies suggest that teaching even the youngest children to make music with others can not only reduce distress and make infants smile and laugh more but also enhance brain development and boost empathy.

Maternal Deaths Plunged Over 2 Decades, to About 287,000 in 2010, U.N. Reports
The number of women dying from pregnancy and childbirth has dropped sharply in the last two decades, according to a report by a consortium of United Nations agencies set to be released on Wednesday.

Saying ‘No’ to Picture Perfect
A group of young feminists is campaigning against digitally retouched photographs in a teen magazine.

‘Chronically Absent’ Students Skew School Data, Study Finds, Citing Parents’ Role
A study by researchers at John Hopkins University found that as many as 15 percent of students miss at least one school day in 10, and have gone undetected because of the way attendance is measured.

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Motherhood: A ‘Prison’ for Women?

Monday, November 8th, 2010

100sq_MTN100Erica Jong certainly thinks so. In her controversial  ”Mother Madness” essay that appeared in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal,  the novelist and poet argues strenuously against “attachment parenting”—a method that calls for an almost constant mental and physical connection between mother and child.

Jong makes the case that in today’s hectic world of busy working mothers such a style is completely impractical when the daily demands of these women are taken into account. “You wear your baby, sleep with her and attune yourself totally to her needs. How you do this and also earn the money to keep her is rarely discussed. You are just assumed to be rich enough,” she writes.

Jong says that while attachment parenting calls for the mother and father to be available to their baby almost constantly, creating a support group of multiple caregivers is not only helpful to stressed out parents but is also essential to raising a well-socialized, independent child. “Kinship is not exclusively biological, after all, and you need a brood to raise a brood,” she writes.

Similarly, she continues, simply because a woman chooses not to breastfeed, make her own baby food, or use cloth diapers does not by any means make her a less-loving or less capable mother. “We need to be released from guilt about our children, not further bound by it,” she explains. ”We need someone to say: Do the best you can. There are no rules.”

Needless to say, many commentors and bloggers have pounced on Jong and come to the defense of attachment parenting. Share your take with us!

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