I’m not going to belabor the point. I do, however, feel it important for me to address the underlying message women–mothers– get when looking at the May 2012 Time Magazine cover featuring 26 year old Jamie Lynne Grumet breastfeeding her three year old son, Aram.
There are so many messages out there pitting one mom against the other. Who works, who stays home. Who is class mother and who writes the check for more school supplies. Who is soccer mom and who can attend a game only from time to time.
Someone always loses out.
In this cover article, it’s not the breastfeeding component that strikes me. it’s the title. Are you Mom enough? What’s implied is that some are and some aren’t. And of course, the self-critical voice inside your head has to ask; where do I fall?
I don’t like it. How many more times do we need to bash ourselves as Moms? Who’s thinner? Who’s prettier? Who’s more popular with the in-crowd in town? Come on. Parenting is hard enough.
How do you feel about it? I have to wonder if I’m the only one who was frustrated about the secondary implications of this article…
Time Magazine’s Cover Promotes More Competition in Moms: Are YOU Mom Enough? is a post from: Dr. Robyn Silverman – Child Development Specialist, Body Image Expert, Success Coach & the Creator of the Powerful Words Character Development System