All right, get ready — I’m going to round up some links I’ve enjoyed about the TIME magazine cover story controversy.
First off, here’s the article itself:
You need a subscription to read it in full, which I don’t have so will have to wait till I can make it to the library.
I’ll say that even the headlines and the opening paragraph irritate me:
Joanne Beauregard is nothing so much as she is a mother. When she and her husband had trouble conceiving, Joanne quit her job as an accountant to focus full time on getting pregnant. When she did, she chose to give birth at home, without pain medication. Then, for months, Beauregard sat on the couch in her Denver-area living room, nursing her infant from sunup to sundown. She nursed much of the night as well, since the baby slept in bed with Beauregard and her husband Daniel, a software engineer.
The cover says attachment parenting drives us mothers to “extremes” and calls Dr. Sears our “guru.” Um…well. I have something to say about that in the future. Just wanted to highlight it here to remind me to vent later…
Just as a preview, what mother do you know who sits on a couch ALL DAY LONG for MONTHS to breastfeed? I’m not saying Joanne doesn’t exist, but that is not the norm for attachment parents. The end.
You do get a full glimpse of the photo shoot:
The photos are admittedly quite beautiful, though naturally they chose the most confrontational one to grace the cover. Dionna of Code Name: Mama and Natural Parents Network is model #3 with her son and daughter.
Thank you to Laura at Walden Mommy for the title reimagination!