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The Unending Weariness of the Best Job Features

Melissa Clark Vickers, Huntingdon, Tennessee, USA The unending weariness of the best job. “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. The mother is something absolutely new.” —Osho, Indian mystic and spiritual leader How many times do we hear that parenting—especially mothering—is a 24/7 job? The phrase rolls off our tongues and...

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The Work of Mothering Features

Updated April 29, 2016 Naomi Stadlen, London, UK Photo: Lisa Scott Photography “Mothering” is a word that carries a strong meaning to members of La Leche League. Elsewhere, though, it seems to have become less popular. People expect baby care to be shared and that mothers will get back to their paid work promptly. New mothers are often asked: “So when are you going back to...

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High Heels and Lipstick Mothers' Stories

Rachel O’Leary, Cambridge, UK Photo: Emma & Josiah Lisa Scott Photography   Clickety-clack, clickety-clack. Must be ten o’clock. There goes Carol from up the road in her high heels, lipstick bright, hair neat, covers on the pram spotless.  I twitch the curtain so she can’t see me—still in my dressing-gown, hair all over the place, house covered in laundry—and sit on the stairs to feed the...

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The Mothering Ocean or Learning How to say Hello and Goodbye Mothers' Stories

Anna Burbidge, Leicestershire, UK Photo: By Tom Bellamy   I’ve always loved the sea. I felt fascinated by all its changing colours and moods and I would imagine first dipping my toe into it and then swimming in the waves. For as long as I can remember, being a mother fascinated me too. I imagined what it would be like to have a child to...

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