There’s a lot of love going round because of Writing 101 and on top of my Liebster nomination, I also got nominated by Icecoffeecouture for the Creativity award as well as by HumaAq for the Versatility award. I’m so humbled by all these compliments! So thank you both so much for the love. I needed that.
Especially because I’m suffering from lack of some twitter love the other day. Last wednesday, a tv show just struck a nerve with me that I hardly could sleep. I was just SO mad. It only got worse because I let myself get involved in a twitter discussion with the chief editor of the show. (Note to self: quit twitter.) The show was centered around this premise:
“In their first year, babies should stay with their parents.”
It is based on a UN report that during their first year, babies experience extreme stress at day care. Preferably, they should stay with one of their parents with whom they can build a secure bond. Politicians are pleading for the extension of maternity leave which in the Netherlands is 16 weeks (12 weeks after birth), as well as improving the quality of professional day care, specifically reducing the child-day care professional ratio.
It’s not the premise that angers me. What got me rattled was the way the discussion was being led, and which comments from twitter they decided to share.
“If you won’t take care of your children yourself, you shouldn’t have them at all”.
Wow. There’s fueling a discussion for ya. Happy midcenturies, people. It got me thinking on 7 facts about me though.
7 facts you need to know before judging me as a mom
1. I nursed my youngest until he was 22 months old, only 2 month shy of the 2 year mark recommended by the World Health Organization and Unicef.
2. I seriously thought about taking a sabbatical after my maternity leave when my baby refused to drink anything at day care. He would just sit his day out, crying, only relaxing when I returned from work to nurse him.
3. I carry my child as much as I can. I carried him in a sling when he was little, but now he likes to sit on my hip and switch between running around and being carried. I let him. I love it.
4. I admire Staying At Home Moms. I couldn’t do it. So my hat’s off to you.
5. I admire fulltime working moms, be it out of the home of from home.
6. I feel guilty about missing out on everything. The school play at the end of the morning (Why, teachers, why?), the corporate barbecue from work… You name it. I feel like I get nothing right.
7. I want those mommy wars to end!
My creative and versatile blogging nominees
- Bali Info
- Simply Marquessa
- Kwoted by KE Garland
- Iva Berenek
- Rantings of a Third Kind
- Still live with a Grad Student
- It’s a Panda Life
What you need to do to tag along
- Thank the person who’ve nominated you and add a link their blog
- Share a list of 7 things that says something about you
- Nominate any number of fellow bloggers, adding a link to their blog
- Share these rules with them.
All I’m saying is: we’ve got to let love rule.
xoxo – Irene