"No wonder that Elisabeth Badinter's book "Le Conflit: La Femme and La Mere" ("The Conflict: Woman and Mother") has become a best seller in France and will soon be published around the world. Ms. Badinter dares to question attachment parenting, arguing that such supposedly benign expectations victimize women far more than men have ever done. Attachment parenting, especially when combined with environmental correctness, has encouraged female victimization. Women feel not only that they must be ever-present for their children but also that they must breast-feed, make their own baby food and eschew disposable diapers. It's a prison for mothers, and it represents as much of a backlash against women's freedom as the right-to-life movement."
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Answer by older at 2:28 PM on Nov. 8, 2010
Just from the little snippet I'd have to agree to a point. A lot of women seem to forget they are still people when they have kids. Your life doesn't have to revolve around your kids to be a good mother. You can be both a person and a mother. It's about balance. But the way society is now with pressures from media and other mothers women think they must spend every moment they are awake catering to their children, entertaining and enriching them (else risk them dropping behind other kids on some undefined score bored). They are made to feel guilty if they even consider taking a break, letting their kid cry for a few minutes while they finish their food, use the bathroom alone, etc. I find that sad. Where women were once trapped by a male dominated society they are now "trapped" by a child dominated one. And, IMO, both the moms and kids are suffering for it.
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