I found out about Moms Rising at Mothers Movement Online. (Why don't I have her on my link list? I don't know, but I'll have to fix that soon.) Please help out however you can. If all you can do is sign the online petition, it only takes a minute and can make a huge difference.
For my soapbox portion of this blog, let me say that there are two things on this petition that trouble me and in case there are others who might go over, read the petition and think, Naw... I can't really get behind that, I want to address my personal issues with it and why I still feel good about signing the petition.
I have mixed feelings about universal daycare and after-school programs. I know that makes me a crappy feminist, but there it is. For one I totally buy that old-fashioned idea that babies belong with their mamas for the most part. On the latter... I think six or seven hours a day of school is far more than plenty. Kids are so over-structured already that I just hate the idea of expanding their school day by three more hours.
I prefer to work toward options that allow longer maternity leaves, flexible work and good part time jobs. But of course, everything isn't just all about me. I have the choice to stay home or go to a good job and put my kids in high quality childcare. Other mothers don't. I will probably have the choice to work shorter hours or work together with my husband the picking up/dropping off at school routine or (worst case scenario) I'll probably have the choice to keep staying home. Other mothers don't.
Those two parts of that petition are far more likely to help mothers who due to lack of education, time or resources don't have the ability to advocate for themselves. And we owe it to their children to look out for them as best we can. But as a side note, I'm still reluctant on the after-school programs. I was a latch-key kid from the third grade on and while I don't think it's ideal, it was far preferable to staying at school until 6:00 every night. But then I'm sort of a "loner" so maybe that's just me.
I thought I might tackle "what the hell is wrong with Caitlin Flanagan" today too, but it wasn't meant to be... I'll try to do it next week.
In closing, a conversation with J (I hope it doesn't draw too many Googling Weirdos):
Mama: Should we have Brats for dinner tonight?
J: Fat sausages?
J: On hamburger buns?
Mama: Hotdog buns.
J (eyes light up): Yeah!
I'm his favorite mom now.