Sunday, February 24, 2008

The biggest challenge

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 3:57 PM
When asked what their biggest challenge was in being a stay-at-home or go-to-work mom the following answers were given: time management, prioritizing, keeping balance, time for myself, finding time to get everything done, task management, time to just “be with” my child, time for housekeeping, and getting everything done. Can you tell who these answers came from? They came from both moms who are at home full time and moms who work outside of the home. The biggest challenges for moms seemed to have less to do with whether a mom was at home full time or not and more to do with the general expectations placed on moms. We all have challenges when it comes to “getting it all done.”
Regardless of our working situation, moms have a lot of responsibilities. As we discussed previously, as moms keeping balance is essential. In addition to taking care of ourselves, we also would benefit greatly from taking care of each other. Throughout history people have raised children in a village atmosphere. We are all familiar with the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child” but in today’s mobile, independent culture we have lost touch with this truth. Never before have the majority of women raised children in isolation. Regardless of the culture, time in history, or socioeconomic status women throughout history have joined together to raise children. Many people I talk to this about bring up western expansion of the U.S. when families were settling in new territory. First, this was a unique time in history. It was also short lived. And a single family did not head out and settle all by themselves. Multiple families generally traveled together for safety and support. And although individual families owned large areas of land, and were somewhat isolated from other settlers, it was rare that a single nuclear family (two parents with only their biological children) lived day-to-day secluded from other families and individuals. There were more than ever during this time period , but it has not been the norm throughout history.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

The biggest challenge

When asked what their biggest challenge was in being a stay-at-home or go-to-work mom the following answers were given: time management, prioritizing, keeping balance, time for myself, finding time to get everything done, task management, time to just “be with” my child, time for housekeeping, and getting everything done. Can you tell who these answers came from? They came from both moms who are at home full time and moms who work outside of the home. The biggest challenges for moms seemed to have less to do with whether a mom was at home full time or not and more to do with the general expectations placed on moms. We all have challenges when it comes to “getting it all done.”
Regardless of our working situation, moms have a lot of responsibilities. As we discussed previously, as moms keeping balance is essential. In addition to taking care of ourselves, we also would benefit greatly from taking care of each other. Throughout history people have raised children in a village atmosphere. We are all familiar with the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child” but in today’s mobile, independent culture we have lost touch with this truth. Never before have the majority of women raised children in isolation. Regardless of the culture, time in history, or socioeconomic status women throughout history have joined together to raise children. Many people I talk to this about bring up western expansion of the U.S. when families were settling in new territory. First, this was a unique time in history. It was also short lived. And a single family did not head out and settle all by themselves. Multiple families generally traveled together for safety and support. And although individual families owned large areas of land, and were somewhat isolated from other settlers, it was rare that a single nuclear family (two parents with only their biological children) lived day-to-day secluded from other families and individuals. There were more than ever during this time period , but it has not been the norm throughout history.

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