Rebecca Wolf

This blog is a chronicle of my daughters' growth - born July 2003 and May 2007. Be sure to check out the Thriving Babies homepage, for videos and instructions on how to use every type of baby carrier. For literacy and homeschooling tips, visit my Rochester-based Learning Center blog at www.SibleyCenter.com.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Mommy Madness

I just read a thought-provoking article while I was waiting at the optometrist's office: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6959880/site/newsweek/

I was forced to resign from my job as a reading specialist because I wanted to work part-time but the school district wasn't offering part-time to any teacher. Many of my teacher friends who just had babies were forced to make the same choice: teach full-time or leave.

I chose to be a stay-at-home mom, but the societal support for raising a child is non-existent. If you don't have good family support or a strong community, you are very isolated and risk falling into depression. There has to be a healthier way to raise children.

I think this article hits the nail on the head. The author's proposed solutions are good, but will not only take a long time to implement, but also assumes tons of effort from a defeated, marginalized group. I am thinking that smaller communities could make changes at a quicker rate. I am thinking small groups of individuals could make changes instantly by committing to help each other through:
providing social support,
creating co-op childcare, and even
building home businesses together.

I am curious where other people weigh in on the situation of Mommy Madness. Is it an epidemic? Does it affect you personally? What can be done about it?

Rebecca
ThrivingBabies@googlegroups.com

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