Our culture has an extreme love-hate relationship with parents and their children. We deify the cult of motherhood, proclaiming that theres nothing more inspiring than the sight of a mother with a baby in her arms. What a beautiful thing! And yet, as a society, we dont do much to actually support it: Paid leaves are non-existent in many workplaces; childcare is expensive; and the world around us generally seems to be designed to cater to the childless, with its lack of quiet spaces to breastfeed or pump, changing tables in restrooms (especially if youre a man looking to change a babys diaper), high chairs in restaurants, or ramps into subways. We talk a big game about parenting, but sometimes, talk is all there is.Read the whole thing - it's worth it: Don't Call Me 'Mama' - The Awl
According to the Centers for Disease Control, these are the leading causes of death for infants and preschoolers. Awareness is key
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