My daughters were filling out an informational sheet about themselves the other day. The typical “what do you want to be when you grow up” question brought the same response from them both; a mom. When this information was shared with the group for the purpose of “getting to know one another”, it was not well received. In fact, they were taken to task in a fairly aggressive way. The first comment, by a leader mind you, was, “You can’t just be a mom. That would be a waste of your talents. Of course you’ll have babies, but what are you going to be when you grow up.” I was seriously taken aback. My daughters are 7 and 6.
Have we gone so far in this “feminist movement” as to create an attitude of disdain and contempt for those choosing motherhood as their life’s goal and mission? Being a mom is a noble endeavor. There is nothing just about it. If it’s not for you, fantastic, don’t do it. Please don’t take your need to justify your choices out on children, or anyone else for that matter. It’s not necessary, kind, or even basically civil.
I think it is paramount to raise mothers and strong women simultaneously.