Last year in our “Mother” issue, we talked about the simultaneously hilarious, humbling and, ok, sometimes irritating experience of turning into our Mothers. This year, we’re honoring the many ways women play the role of Mom— even if you’re not a biological one.
Our approaches to motherhood are hotly debated (and, um, there are Dads too!) from a consequence chart to a hearty slap to keep them safe — and if you haven’t read it, read Ylonda Gault Caviness’s piece “What Black Moms Know” in the New York Times.
The parenting role ebbs and flows, but our Moms are always our Moms. Contributor Stephanie Battaglino says it best: “As a parent, I have embraced the fact that, as we transition from the active parenting phase of child rearing to a more ‘consultative’ phase, we have to let them go. Our kids need to find their own way and create their own individual reality.”
We here at TueNight are all about the diversity of experience, especially as it relates to being a so-called “grown-up.” Being a Mom is no different.
So this week, we honor our village:
- Penny Wrenn pays tribute to the many women in her maternal crew.
- Amy Barr wonders what happens when your mom services are no longer needed.
- Stephanie Battaglino lives life as a transgender parent.
- Heather Barmore reverses roles with her mom.
- Nancy Gonzalez is an unapologetic soccer mom.
- And Mac Premo learned to be a Feminist from his mom.