For the Week Ending April 21, 2019.
Mothering on the backs of others, who therefore can’t
Megan Stack, like many upper middle class mothers, hired a caregiver so she could go back to work after having her baby. But not many of them do what she did. Megan is a journalist, and turned her probing mind to her own family dynamic, recognizing that her career, and her life, rely on domestic servants. Please read more about her important new book Women’s Work: A Reckoning With Work and Home here.
This is important for you because many many families must “turn a household into a job site,” as Stack so baldly puts it, in order to make their lives work. But not many think about it and analyze it as deeply and ruthlessly as she does.
The personal is political
And parenting is too, especially if you’re black in this country. The legacy of slavery means that African-American family structures often don’t look like the white ones surrounding them, and that black mothers face a unique set of challenges. Read an important essay exploring this topic here.
This is important for you because children can be successfully raised into happy capable adults by a variety of family structures, not just those that may be familiar to you.
Double your pleasure
These identical twin brothers refused to admit which one of them was the father so neither would have to pay child support… but the judge made them both pay. King Solomon couldn’t have devised a fairer solution. Read more here.
This is important for you because… ummm…
Nine months of study
Both Plato and the Talmudic rabbis taught that a fetus is learning everything there is to know about the world during gestation, so that when she “learns” it in real life, it is only a reminder. Read more here.
This is important for you because your baby’s body and mind are growing and developing, getting her ready to meet you, her first and most important teacher.
The most popular article on The Pulse this week was What Happens To A Pregnant Body That No One Wants To Talk About. Read it here.