I've been a mother for over 16 years, not a huge amount of time, but long enough that I'm not nearly as enthusiastic about parenting issues as I was when I started this parenting journey.
I have moments when I feel I could do more, do better, and will never be able to afford the therapy required to help my children get past the issues I've laid upon them.
But mostly I know that the kids and I are doing well, and that I'm fortunate to have a husband with whom I've built a lifestyle that works for all of us. I'm a firm believer in the whatever-works-for-you model of family.
So is Andrea Doucet, a professor who commissioned me to draw a couple of cartoons to support her work in gender relations. This was many years ago, but issues involving gender roles in parenting, and paternal leave seem just as relevant today as they were then.
Also, Father's Day is coming up, and I thought there were a few stay-at-home dads, and bring-home-the-dough moms who could use a laugh or two!
P.S. If this is your thing, you can learn more in this article, or on Andrea Doucet's website. She's a Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Brock University, who holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Gender, Work and Care. Her work is extensive, and has gone far to let mothers and fathers just be, and create lives that work for them.