blah blah blah TIME magazine cover blah blah blah. Haven't we had enough already? Why do we continue to allow the media to bait us into this tired old cat fight? Instead, how about taking a moment to admire my daughter, shrieking joyfully at a robin nearby, in a dress that used to be mine 30 years ago:
Ahhh, that's better.
I could write paragraph after paragraph after paragraph about my feelings on the dreaded mommy wars, but here's a brief argument I'd like to hear more people making:
As I've told you before, I'm an ESTJ and a One. I'm a natural teacher, organizer, and administrator as a result. I need organization, order, and routine in order to thrive -- as well as regular contact with people. I'm incredibly efficient and competent at a lot of things, so I'm your go-to gal to get stuff done right. I get overwhelmed by chaos and disruption to my schedule, and surprises throw me into a tailspin to the point where I can sink into a funk that lasts for hours or days.
A very dear friend of mine is an ESFP and a Seven. She needs spontaneity, change, and excitement. She would be miserable if not surrounded by a wide circle of friends, has no problem bucking a trend or schedule in order to grab a last-minute opportunity even if it means blowing someone or something off, and feels tied down and restless if she doesn't have a calendar bursting with social obligations and new adventures. She is a lover of life in an infectious way -- being around her is uplifting and refreshing.
It doesn't take much to realize that we would be best suited for very different kinds of jobs, living environments, long-term partners or spouses, and life goals.
So why in the world would anyone think that one single parenting philosophy would be best for both of us? Especially when you have the personality of a child to consider, as well?
Think it's time for another mood-lifter:
Happy Friday, all! Tell the mom in your life how much you value her unique style of parenting and get her some chocolate, already!