I’m in the early stages of drafting a book on parenting while feminist! I have a fabulous writing group; I have an obscenely detailed outline; I have lots of resources to consult.
But what I do not have–and what I need–is your voice, your experience, your perspective.
So, welcome to a new regular feature at First the Egg. I’ll be asking questions on a wide range of parenting-related topics, hoping to broaden my perspective and find stories and ideas to include in my project. I hope you’ll answer some of these questions, even if you feel you have nothing interesting to say. You don’t even have to identify as a feminist! Feminist-friendly and feminist-leaning folks, and allies, are all most cordially invited to the party.
- By commenting on this post, you are giving me permission to quote what you say here in my book. Please indicate how you’d like to be identified if I end up using your words (like, ‘Molly Westerman’ or ‘Molly, St. Paul, Minnesota’ or whatever).
- If you want to contribute but would prefer not to do so in a public space online, feel free to email me with your responses instead, at molly at firsttheegg dot com.
So, here goes the first installment. Please answer any question (or questions) that strikes your fancy, in any way you please, at any length, etc. You don’t even have to answer the questions: anything relevant to these topics is welcome. I’ll be so grateful for any thoughts you can offer me.
- Do you identify with a particular parenting style or philosophy (like attachment parenting, mindful parenting, etc.)? If so, what does that label and/or community do for you? If not, why not?
- Can you share a story that points to the usefulness and/or limitations or parenting style labels?
carriers and strollers
- Tell me about your experiences with baby wearing and/or strollers. Why do you use one, the other, or both? Do you do what most of the parents around you do, or are you the weirdo?
- How do you feel about your carrier(s) or stroller(s)?