The part about parenting that baffles me (other than this whole “3 year old drama”) is why parents fight about what is “right” and “wrong”.
If you will allow me to step on a soap box for a moment…
It is wrong to harm a child. It is wrong to physically abuse children. It is wrong to sexually abuse children. It is wrong to emotionally and/or mentally abuse children. Everything else is fair game and is a matter of style.
One set of parents feels it is fine to breast feed; another set feels it is fine to bottle feed. The fact is both children are getting food and love – so, in my opinion, both are right. I can make one choice and that is our business, but neither is abuse.
One set of parents feels as though 2 working parents is the way to go, another set feels it is best to have one parent stay home. The fact is that both children are cared for by people who love them.
These “hot topics” are far too numerous to list here, and my soap box won’t hold me much longer… My point is that we (as parents and society as a whole) have one goal – get these kids raised well enough so they can take care of us when we are old and so they can take care of generations to come. (I am going to need Kiddo to bring me margaritas when I am in a walker and can’t carry my own drink.)
I digress. This week’s issue of Time Magazine may be thought provoking and encourage discussion and debate. But I beg of all of you to keep the focus. A huge thanks to Kara Baskin for her article Am I Mom Enough? A Motherhood Wish List for bringing the focus back to what is actually important. She has my vote for Mommy of the Year. I have the same wishes for the Queen of Hearts, but will add one more that I’ve had for a while.
I wish for my daughter to be a happy, healthy, positive, productive member of society.
What do you wish for your kids?