Posts Tagged ‘motherhood’

The Mothers of Diversity

December 2, 2013


We live in a kaleidoscopic time. Social diversity accompanies globalization and technologization.  We seek shelter with similar others only to encounter difference in every excursion. The tension between diversity and unity has never been greater.  We are unique, equal, and still one humanity.  Building diverse togetherness entails intricate stitch work – small threads of different colors creating a whole cloth. Mothering – as practiced by women, men, artists, educators, scientists and healers of all kinds – can expertly thread that needle.  (more…)

Parenting Dilemma #1: Time

November 17, 2009

The night before last my daughter scolded me for working late.

“Don’t you know that I need you at night?” she cried, wiping her wet eyes against my blouse.

I did, in fact, know. Many mothers talk about their presence in the home, especially in the evening, as crucial to the functioning of the household.  This is not because dads don’t parent as well. My husband is a bread baking, laundry doing, practicing instruments with the kids, dishwasher emptier.  There is just something about mommy that holds everything together. It’s not as if they spend time talking with me. Often, I’m just there in the kitchen making some food, reading a book, or doing some professional paperwork on the computer. Sometimes being a mom feels like nothing more than being a regulating mechanism. I’ve heard moms talk about themselves as real life thermometers, quietly tuning in to the minutiae of their kids internal states and providing just the right degree of emotional contact to keep everyone’s emotional temperature in optimal range.  I’ve also heard moms wonder where they can possibly find the time. (more…)

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