I would love to claim I was always too cool, too independent or something to desire the times of clear gender roles, limited choices, fortifying schedules, and strict standards of normal and beautiful. I would love to claim those things. It would absolutely be a lie.
While I highly recommend binge-ing Supernanny and taking notes (seriously, this woman is a gift from the gods), the most important Parenting Secret Weapon is this...
I used to think parenting was political because I am political, my family is political, but as I'm exposed to more parents online and in the real world, I realize I was wrong. Parenting is inherently political. Breastfeeding or bottle feeding? Private school, homeschool, or public school? City culture or country life? Everything is political. Every choice we make is scrutinized. Every box we check puts us into a column: "Us" or "Them".
Contrary to the pressures we put on ourselves as stay-at-home parents,cooking, cleaning, and keeping the kids alive are not the only things we have to take care of in our role as homemaker.
I know I'm not the only mama (or papa) out there fighting to figure out this domestic life with a twist.