13 Nov '14, 1pm

The Question That Surprises Me Most As A Mother

There are so many awkward personal questions that women receive as we enter into adulthood: What do you think you want to do after school? When are you going to get married? When are you going to have children? Are you going to keep working? But the one that continues to surprise me most as a mother is this one: When are you going to have another baby? Seems innocent enough, right? And to be honest, I know I’ve asked my own version of this to friends, and no question in itself is inherently wrong. There’s nothing sinister about asking a question like this if you know the person well. But I think there is something that comes along with this question, a comparison of sorts, a gauging of responses and a follow up giving of unasked for advice that can make it uncomfortable. Why do we do this to each other? Why do we make a mama with an only child feel like she ranks lower tha...

Full article: http://crystalstine.me/question-surprises-mother/

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