Traditions in Modern Parenting 1

I have always considered myself adopting a modern parenting lifestyle. I live in a big city, and I have enjoyed a 10 year long career, working hard and putting in the extra hours to climb the proverbial ladder, making sure I stay ahead of the pack. Why is it that as soon as I took leave to have my eldest son I felt almost guilty for not being at work ? Is it old-fashioned for Mums to work hard for their home instead?

Mothers are our own worst enemies. Why do two groups of mothers exist; the ‘stay at home mum’ and the ‘working mum’. As women, I believe we can have our cake and eat it too. We can do whatever we set our minds to, be it working hard for our families, our boss or ourselves. We can be the heart of our homes, the lifeline of our families, it is our gift as women to be able to provide this. What is important is that we don’t pigeon hole ourselves into a group/or demographic of mother.

As women, we can choose to bring ‘old fashioned’ traditions to our homes (i.e. baking, sewing, gardening), and incorporate these into our busy modern lives. It is not necessary to dedicate ourselves to only one pursuit, we should be capable to forge new traditions using the knowledge of generations before us. I imagine that I will go back to work, but I am also the heart of my home. [polldaddy poll=6498712]

About Dinethra Menon

Dinethra Menon is a freelance medical writer based in Sydney with over a decade of medical communications expertise. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne and a post graduate diploma in genetic counselling.

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