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This isn't a mommy blog per say.  It is a blog about motherhood.  And it is from the point of view of a mother. (Me!)  But it isn't a confessional or a "true" account of motherhood.

Instead of focusing on maternal identity or personal experience - the pressure to be a good mom, what a mom has to juggle, a mom's daily revelations, etc.  - this is a blog focusing on children or, more specifically, our culture's ideas of children and of parenting.  It will, to some extent, follow the research I'm attempting to do in understanding how the identities/categories of "child" and "adult" have changed over the last century in America.  

I'm writing from the belief that we are in a bit of a pickle.  Some call our current parenting regime "intensive mothering," others call it "new momism," and I personally call it "investment parenting."   We are at a turning-point; a potential crisis.  I believe we need to work together, thinking and speaking carefully about parenting, if we are to address this moment.  

I believe that parents need to be having good conversations about  how we define adulthood, how we define childhood, and how this ideology is affecting our parenting.   A theory of parenting is always linked to our ideas of what a good adult should be (i.e. what our goal is).  Most parents, for example, parent their children to be successful in a system of consumerism and capitalism even if they do not agree with these systems.  Why?  That's what I want to talk about.  It's impossible to parent without a collective network: without the ideas and practices of others.  I want to create a network to work together within - a network that has more distance from the economic world that tends to dominate every sector of our lives.

This is not a blog that advocates a "method."  There's no tiger parenting or attachment parenting being recommended here.  There's no idea of what is best for you and your family.  The truth is: I'm working every day on figuring out what is best for my family.  But perhaps the goal of making a perfect family is part of our problem. Perhaps we should think less about how to make a perfect family and more about making a cooperative society. Maybe the business of competitive parenting isn't all it's cracked up to be.  

This blog is inspired by all of the living parents that inspire me - parents who dare to think about family and live with their children in new and beautiful ways.  It is also inspired by the writers of the past whose thoughts are still relevant and calling out to us.