By now, many of you have seen this cover of the May Edition of Time Magazine. This article is about a popular parenting philosophy known as attachment parenting and it’s founder, 72 year old Dr. William Sears.
Instead of featuring Dr. Sears on the cover, Time Magazine instead chose to feature 26 year old mommy blogger and attachment parenting supporter, Jamie Lynn Grumet. Time Magazine has a job to attract readers to their magazines and how better to do that than to anger moms with a polarizing topic. My twitter feed almost blew up yesterday with rants about how long is too long to breast feed, whether attachment parenting oppresses women, and even everyone’s two cents as to what makes a good mother. Oy.
The picture didn’t appall me like it did to others. The title of the article however made me sick to my stomach. The media has caught on to the fact that they can get attention by getting women to argue with one another. It has been dubbed The Mommy Wars.
As moms we are trying our best to navigate this journey towards raising healthy, well adjusted children. And there are MANY paths that can lead to the same destination.
Are you Mom Enough? Yes you are. And so am I.
I am Mom Enough at night when my toddler has a bad dream and needs to snuggle in close to me.
I am Mom Enough to know that my children are not perfect but more than enough.
I am Mom Enough to know that my children need to learn how to work through failures in the safety of our home.
I am Mom Enough to know when “No” is necessary.
I am Mom Enough to put my cell phone down when my children desire my company.
I am Mom Enough to know that I can’t do it all.
I am Mom Enough to my 2 year old even though I don’t have breasts anymore.
I am Mom Enough to know that I am not perfect but that I give it my best.
I am Mom Enough to know that I am immeasurably blessed.
Let’s build one another up and stop this alarming trend of shaming one another. Maybe then TIME magazine won’t use us to sell their magazines.
Instead, in the spirit of Mother’s Day weekend…consider picking up the phone and telling your friend who is struggling that she is enough.
Consider writing a letter and leaving a care package to your friend who is a single mom trying her best to raise children on her own.
Consider humbling yourself to someone you have judged for her parenting choices and apologize.
Consider looking at yourself in the mirror and saying, “I am more than Mom Enough.”
Blessings sweet friends – Jenny
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