This week, as I've been solo parenting, my ten year old has been voicing observations. I'm not entirely sure if they are innocent observations or developing snark. Either way, I think they are a sign that the feminist parenting is working.
When I was in school, distractions were limited. Diversions were something I planned for and rewarded myself with. They weren't things tempting me, one click away, 24 hours per day. In this day of constant digital distractions and instant amusement at the click of a button, will our kids will ever be able to develop the willpower or the skill or whatever it is to ignore the nagging of the digital distractions? I read a study, but it left me with more questions than answers.
It is World Breastfeeding Week and Glamour magazine released its September 2014 issue with series of photos of Olivia Wilde. The photos feature Wilde in a diner. In some photos she has her baby with her and in others she is alone. One photo, a glamourous breastfeeding picture, shows Wilde sitting in a booth nursing her naked diaperless baby. Does this image help normalize breastfeeding or promote the commodification of mother-child moments?
Each year, tragically, the issue of children dying in hot cars comes up. Most parents think it will never happen to them, but it does happen to regular parents who thought they'd never be the one. What do you need to know to reduce the risk of it happening to your child.
Last week researchers at the University of British Columbia released a study that looked at parents, children and gender roles. It found that fathers who do a greater share of the domestic chores have daughters who aspire to more male dominated, higher paying careers. So if dads want their daughters to be engineers or scientists or stock brokers instead of nurses or teachers or (gasp!) stay at home moms, they should do the laundry and the dishes more often. But is that how we should interpret the study's results?