Wednesday, July 26, 2006

News Briefs on Mothering

I'm still working on my thoughts from my previous post on failure, but my mailbox has been filling up with other newsworthy items. Here are a few related to mothering.

Andrea Yates is acquitted.

Andrea Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity Wednesday in her second murder trial for the bathtub drownings of her young children.
Her husband believes this was the right verdict. She'll now stay in a state mental hopsital with periodic check-up to determine if she can be released. The take away message for all mothers - if you're struggling, don't wait until you're at the breaking point to get help. There is no shame in admitting you're struggling and need some sort of help to work things out. You don't have to struggle alone. (HT: Daryl)

Mother admits to being bored with her own children.

To be honest, I spent much of the early years of my children's lives in a workaholic frenzy because the thought of spending time with them was more stressful than any journalistic assignment I could imagine.
Then why did you have them? I wonder if she was one of the UK women in this survey who only spends 19 minutes a day with her children? (HT: Jessica)

Illinois set to be the first state to provide universal preschool.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed into law his much-hyped "Preschool for All" Tuesday in Rolling Meadows, billing the move as "groundbreaking" by making Illinois the first state in the nation to offer preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds.
I've said it before and I'll say it again - Motherhood is God's plan for universal preschool. The state is not your personal nanny. Illinois I weep for you, but I believe you'll have company soon enough. (Corn and Oil has more.) (Thanks Pamela)

Anne at Palm Tree Pundit shares a valuable nugget of wisdom she learned on summer vacation,
"Don't boil a kid in its mother's milk." In other words, don't take what is intended for life (in this case, education) and make it death. Our goal is for our children to love learning.
Anne explains exactly what that revelation meant to her.

GA homeschooler, Jennifer Ewing, was found slain today on a bike trail. Her 26 year old son Jim said this today,
"All of you who knew Mom know that she is responsible for every good thing our family has done or ever will do," he said. "She inspired us all. We had hoped and prayed for a happy outcome, but instead we are faced with this tragedy."
Please pray for this family. (HT: Jacobs Academy)

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