Are you self-nurturing?
Refill your cupboard.
Why?[Note: This JOT is adapted from Mother Nurture, a book written for mothers – focusing on typical parenting situations and gender differences that are experienced by many, though not all, mothers and fathers, and by parents in same sex relationships. Parenting is a complex subject, plus it intertwines with larger issues of gender roles and the long history of mistreatment of women; obviously society should do a better job of supporting families in general and mothers and fathers in particular, but meanwhile there are things they can do for themselves; alas, there is no room for these complexities in these brief JOTs; for my discussion of them, please see Mother Nurture.]
Nothing changes a woman’s life like a child, especially her first one.
Raising children is deeply fulfilling. Yet it’s also intensely demanding. Compared to women who haven’t had children, mothers are generally more stressed, more unhappy in their intimate relationships, and more prone to illness.
Most mothers are busy one way or another most of the time and hitting the red line on stress. They look around and wonder, where’s the support?
Many mothers figure that feeling like they are running on empty is somehow their own fault, or simply inevitable and unavoidable. Well, neither is …Read More
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