I couldn’t sleep the other night. Again. I was thinking about one of my grandsons and how he is jealous of his brother. I was worried about it, and I even called my daughter-in-law the next morning and gave them advice to buy the book “Siblings Without Rivalry.” My daughter-in-law’s response?
“Ma, it’s not that bad. Relax!”
It’s not? Oh.
In my mind I was picturing the older one beating up the younger one, and the younger one screaming in defense, running away, and begging to anyone who would listen, “Heeeeee—elp me!” Continue reading
Mommy Wars. Oy, those arguments, debates, competition!
Witness, for example, the endless “war” between a Stay-At-Home Mom and Work-out-of-home Mom:
SAHMom: “I think it is awful when mothers go out to work and leave their kid with a babysitter..”
WOHMom: “Well, I work out of the home, and my kids are just fine. The time that I do spend with them after work is relaxed and loving….which is more than I can say for some mothers I know who stay at home all day with their kids!”
Squabbles have arisen surrounding some of the various modes of parenting: attachment, co-sleeping, and natural parenting. While proponents swear by these parenting techniques, critics worry that it will produce overly dependent children and parents who are “imprisoned” by their children. Continue reading