Saturday, April 6, 2013

Being Wonder Woman For My Son

Lately I have started to really think about my future impact on Calvin, as his mother. What kind of role should I play in his social and emotional development? 

It's really starting to strike me just how massively important this is, and it's weighing on me. Not in a bad way, not at all. More like... in a holy-crap-I'd-really-really-better-get-this-right kind of way. It's heavy.

Marty McFly: Whoa. This is heavy. 
Dr. Emmett Brown: There's that word again. "Heavy."
Why are things so heavy in the future?
Is there a problem with the Earth's gravitational pull? 

Of course I want to raise my son to be a good person. I hope that he'll be thoughtful, compassionate, brave, determined and kind, just to name a few. But, more than that, I want, no, I need him to know how to really, truly respect and appreciate women. And what better way to teach him this than by showing him how strong and capable a woman can be? I want to embody this strength for him. I want to command his respect, not just as his mother but as a woman, and I want him to learn from that to extend respect to all the women in his life. I really hope he'll think his mom kicks ass.  :)

Being that the true meaning of feminism is the promotion of equality between the sexes, I don't hesitate to call myself a feminist. And I sure hope Calvin will be, too.

1 comment:

  1. Just remember..sometimes the strongest role model you can be for your child is when you admit to them that you have screwed up and ask for forgiveness. So, when you find that you have acted less-than-perfectly, you can still turn the entire situation into a fabulous lesson. This is what still gives me hope as a parent sometimes :)


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