Yes, the COVID pandemic has been hard on working mothers.
But NJ.com author J. Taylor Calderone reminds us: As we vent about our plight, we cannot ignore our effect on our children! What is our pandemic generation of children absorbing about their worth and the value of motherhood from our collective tone of discontent?
Breaking the Cycle is 6-minute film created by Darcia Narvaez, PhD, of Evolved Nest in partnership with Lisa Reagan of Kindred Media.
Their film is extraordinary.
Breaking the Cycle is a call to humanity to pause and consider. The film illustrates where we have been through much of our history on earth, where we are now and where we're heading, and how else our future could look. Do we choose a cycle of cooperative companionship or a cycle of competitive detachment? What is at stake?
We easily honor Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. But these renowned civil rights activists didn't birth themselves. And they didn't raise themselves.
Moms shape the world through how they shape the worldviews and motivations of their children. This is something that many nations are struggling with as the pandemic continues to pit families against the economy and politics. So many mothers and fathers only feel valued in the paid workforce. We have disempowered their parenting confidence.
In the womb, Baby is moving to the rhythm of his mama’s heartbeat, is comforted and amused by the songs sung by partner or siblings, and is rocked to sleep by the movements of daily life. This dance doesn’t have to stop when the baby is born. There is something special about dancing with your baby that promotes attachment and joy, and provides a special way to connect that can last a lifetime.
Many parents have been able to "meet" Thiago Queiroz through his part in the American documentary, Dads.
This film illustrates what Director Bryce Dallas Howard referred to as contemporary fatherhood, asking celebrities and everyday men what being a father means to them. Premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival where it was named second runner-up for the People's Choice Award for Documentaries, Dads released in 2020 on Apple TV+.