Thursday, March 4, 2010

Labels and haircut

Last night I missed a step while walking downstairs and ended up on the floor in a lot of pain. I feel pretty silly about spraining my ankle in my own house and frustrated at the limited ability to move around. As the result today we are spending most of the time on the couch and on the floor: reading books, making puzzles, watching TV and sending strange emails and SMSs to my husband (my daughter seems to be at the stage of the total fascination with the letters and the various form of communication, which also includes making and sending birthday cards). In reply my husband sent me a link to this article about another study into how mothers’ working choices affect the childrens’ weight. Does it seem to say that thoughtful parenting, healthy eating and physically active lifestyle are the keys to raising a healthy/happy/etc child? I feel that most studies like this one (or at least the way they are reported in the media) raise a lot of questions without providing interesting or helpful answers. Maybe I would feel differently if the news reports included graphs and numbers.

While trying to find (unsuccessfully) the actual numbers to see how significant the differences were I stumbled on this article. How many of us think of ourselves in terms of the job titles? How many of the mothers would label themselves a janitor and a psychologist? Maybe I should add a hairdresser to the list of my titles. 10-points to Rachael for spotting that my daughter has a new haircut. Few weeks ago I got frustrated at the tangled mess that her hair was becoming and timidly trimmed a bit off. The success of doing it myself spurred me to try cutting her hair even shorter yesterday and after watching this video on youtube we ended up with this (I obviously need more practice and better scissors).


Annie said...

Well....I can certainly tell you that my children would eat a LOT better if I didn't work all the time. What a joke! Being home to actually cook meals is a great advantage!

Though money to buy expensive fruits and vegetables is helpful, too - which we wouldn't have if I didn't work. Part-time wouldn't do it either, unfortunately, in fact full-time doesn't do it. I am really depressed at how expensive fruit is.

Clive Dorer said...

Actually, my key observation about that post I sent was the second-last line, which basically said we should be wary of analysing parenting styles too much, because all we'll end up with is a generation of progressively more neurotic and paranoid parents obsessed with doing it "The Right Way". There IS NO RIGHT WAY! Dammit.

Anonymous said...

Really nice haircut :-) layers look professional.

Anonymous said...

Ouch, hope your ankle is feeling better soon. Im sure you'll find the silver lining in having life slow you down a bit. The haircut (and the little angel) are adorable!

Ruth's Place said...

I think you did a great job with her hair. I'm much to timid to try and cut my little one's hair.

Tanya said...

I hope your ankle is better now and I do like Cat's haircut.

I enjoyed reading the two articles you linked to. Especially the one about job titles, which I do occasionally think about. I think because I am a teacher and so many of my job skills can be applied to mothering. Being back at work now I really see the similarities between working with teens and toddlers.