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March 18, 2014

Why Are We Still Arguing About This?

Filed under: Children,Parenting — Susan Morgan @ 12:29 pm

I can’t believe we are still arguing about some topics, one of the most recent examples is breastfeeding. My babies are 21, 18 and 14, so those days are long gone for me. But the pressure to breastfeed (healthier, closer bonding) remains just as strong for today’s moms and that’s a crying shame.

C’mon girls, can we not learn to support each other’s choices? Agree to disagree?

It seems to me that one way women are kept down is with these endless arguments that focus on our most basic of instincts… to mother and nurture… and have us attacking each other. When we really should be focusing our energy on  other things keeping us down. Things like salary inequality and equal representation.

Since it appears this insanity will continue, I’d like to offer up some advice, for what it’s worth. Don’t let anyone pressure you. Make this first choice, and all those to come, based on what you (and your partner) think is right, what feels right. You’ll know it because it’s the choice you won’t have to justify to yourself or anyone else. The one that will let you sleep at night.

This foolish feeding debate is just the first of many differences in parenting style. Get used to that, accept it. All parents have their own ideas about whats right and what isn’t. Some you will agree with, others you won’t. Accept that. And remember. all parents love their kids with all the same passion as you love yours.

Thanks to Dave Pell and the always on NextDraft for the story.

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