In Defense of First-Person Parenting

Homeschoolers often have interesting arrangements for taking care of their kids. Families work it out all different ways–with work-at-home jobs, homeschooling and paid work shared between a mom and dad, dad as the primary homeschooling parent, or a single parent juggling it all. However, most of the homeschooling families I run into still have a parent, usually the mom, providing full-time or nearly full-time care for children with a spouse working a paying job outside the home.

No matter how prevalent that arrangement, most of us homeschoolers do not realize we need to pay attention to policies that impact at-home parents. We are busy looking at homeschooling legislation, as well we should be. But at-home nurturing of children is at risk by policy and popular culture. One of the reasons is the way working mothers are portrayed statistically.

That’s what I wrote in my article, “In Defense of First-Person Parenting,” published in the March-April 2011 issue of Home Education Magazine. You can read the rest of the article at the HEM website.

The article emphasizes the resources and advocacy work of Family and Home Network, an organization you may remember for its award winning journal Welcome Home. Or, you may know FAHN by its original name, Mothers At Home. FAHN is still providing information to parents — mothers and fathers — who want to maximize their time with their children, providing balance for media and government outlooks that may otherwise portray all children as best served by outsourced child care.

If you’d like to join me at FAHN by volunteering or supporting the work of the organization, let me know. Society needs to be reminded of the value and hard work of nurturing; parents need support for their choice to spend generous amounts of time with their children.

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One Response to In Defense of First-Person Parenting

  1. Stephanie G says:

    As one of the frugal at-home moms you mentioned, my favorite line was this: “I’m not saying all parents should live frugally so they can have an at-home parent; I’m saying that the choice is no longer seen as a possibility by many in our society. ” So true. The perceived need for two full-time incomes in order to have a desirable lifestyle is very prevalent. What a relevant and thought-provoking article, Jeanne. Thanks for sharing.

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