Dr. Sears Revisited
Time Magazine’s controversial May 21st cover photo lured me into reading the accompanying story about attachment parenting. After reading the whole article, the one thing that stuck out to me was this:
“The Seares suggest mothers quit their jobs and borrow money to make up the difference. The couple subsidized their sons’ wives so they could stay home with the Sears grandchildren.”
The notion that one cannot afford to raise a family on a single income is what baffles me.
How about scaling back spending and relishing the simplicity in nurturing a cohesive family?
As summer approaches there is a buzz about coordinating schedules for activities, sports, camps and theme-park vacations - all in order to keep the kids occupied and entertained. To me that sounds rather stressful and expensive.
Maybe we are in the minority, but our family doesn’t make extravagant summer plans. Aside from a couple weddings and family reunions, the next three months are wide open.
We’ll pass the days packing lunch for picnics at the park, trying new recipes to use our locally-grown fresh CSA produce, taking bike rides and running through the sprinkler.
Older people are always telling me how quickly kids grow-up. We’re doing our best to enjoy these child-rearing years by just being together.