A Quote and a Question

A plague carries away


“We live in a culture which does not place great value on parenting as valued and honoured work. It is considered perfectly acceptable for people to give one hundred percent to their careers, or to ‘their relationships’, or to ‘finding themselves’, but not to their children.
Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn


Have you taken the time to honour someone who parents with dedication?


12 thoughts on “A Quote and a Question

  1. Kika says:

    The photo looks familiar: playmobile and origami πŸ™‚ I often wish I could call my mom… but I’ll try and continue her legacy of commited parenting.

  2. grace says:

    No, but I’m gonna.

    Parenting, good parenting, can be hard sometimes. The rewards aren’t always immediate.

    I can google it but who are Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn?

    Great post – thanks.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Excellent quote. This is a big year for me – i was juggling home-based career and homeschooling and guess which one was the dropped ball? I’m going to print off the Zabat-Zinn quote (and finally read the Everyday Blessings book collecting dust on my bookshelf!). Thank for the reminder.

  4. Tinkermama says:

    Are those origami frogs I see? πŸ™‚ Thank you for the quote. Your blog helps me focus and refocus on what’s important in life….

  5. catalinakel says:

    I honor myself, honestly. It is a tough job, and I have embraced it wholeheartedly. Part of giving to myself so as to allow me to continue to parent this way is reading you blog regularly. I am always encouraged when I am connected with others who take the job of parenting seriously. Once again, thank you for sharing.

    • Sarah says:

      I agree. I’m not a martyring personality, lol. I think the quote speaks more about how parenting is not seen as something one can find fulfilment in if one has a full set of brain cells. It’s not a path to choose, but a rut to stumble into. At least in the here and now for the most part. Noticable most often at dinner parties when people ask what you do. They respect hobby golfers more than they do me, it often seems.

  6. catalinakel says:

    Of course one cannot give 100% to everything, Andrea.

    The point is that children should not be the ones who get less. In my opinion, those who do not plan on committing 100% to parenting perhaps ought not have children. Balance can be hoped for, and strived after, but our children should not be the ones who get less so that we get more. This would not be balance, for children, by definition, need more.

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