TIME to respond.

TIME To Respond.  Yes We Are.

TIME To Respond. Yes We Are.

As you may have noticed, TIME magazine recently asked the question “Are you mom enough?” on the front cover of their May 21st issue and once we got over our shock (it took awhile, we were pretty flabbergasted!) at this question we felt compelled to answer.

The question is ridiculous as anyone who’s been a mom, or had a mom, or know a mom knows. This “job” isn’t for the faint of heart and certainly should not be judged, sensationalized or questioned. Should we expect a father’s day version of this cover in June “Are you dad enough?”

We’re hard enough on ourselves, the last thing we need is to feel judged by others for not measuring up. Every family has different approaches, styles, routines, methods and resources and the best way to help other mothers is to respect the choices they’ve made and support each other.

How about instead of spreading feelings of guilt and inadequacy we recognize that moms (and dads) are amazing and doing their best every day and celebrate that!

So thanks again for asking are we mom enough? Yes. We are. And then some.

Please feel free to share and spread the Yes We Are message or comment below and let us know your thoughts!

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Participants in our Yes We Are Mom Enough cover are:

Back Row (Left to Right):
Capri Doyle – Stay at home mom, community volunteer and mom enough to two terrific kids
Leila Kwok – Design Credit.  Graphic Designer, Founder of Leila Likes and mom enough to two gorgeous girls
Sue Sinclair – Production Credit.  Chief Executive Mom of Raspberry Kids and mom enough to two phenomenal kiddos

Front Row (Left to Right):
Annemarie Tempelman-Kluit – Owner and Publisher of yoyomama and mom enough to two incredible girls
Elayne Wandler – Photo Credit.  Owner of Bopomo Pictures and mom enough to two beautiful boys

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Comments (6)

  1. Parrish Wilson Tuesday - 29 / 05 / 2012
    My sentiments exactly! I think it is disgusting and irresponsible that such a large publication would contribute to the phenomenon of mother's guilt. How about love, support and appreciation for all the hard work of mothers and fathers? Mom enough to 1 little boy.
  2. Susan Tuesday - 29 / 05 / 2012
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! Being a parent is the hardest job in the world and the most rewarding, we need to check the guilt at the door. I think it was pretty awful that such a large publication would feed on peoples insecurities to just sell magazines!
  3. Wendy Armbruster Bell Tuesday - 29 / 05 / 2012
    The "Mommy Wars" and "Mommy Guilt" were created by the media and this cover has simply fanned the flames... again. The TIME cover did exactly what it was supposed to do - sell magazines. If you want love and support, don't look to the media, look amongst ourselves. :-) Personally, I thought the headline was sensational and provocative, as you did. And the image wasn't my first choice either. However at least it got attachment parenting and breastfeeding on the COVER of a major media outlet. As far as the "Daddy" side of the coin, the absentee father phenomenon (nowhere in the article, nor in the ensuing TV coverage was a father even mentioned) was brought up at a roundtable discussion that I recently participated in at LunaPads. Where IS the father? It isn't "Attachment Mothering", it is "Attachment Parenting". But that's a whole other blog post. Check out the roundtable discussion here: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-795730
  4. A Mom Tuesday - 29 / 05 / 2012
    I love the cover photo (you all look fabulous!) and that you all have a great sense of humour. :) I recently read a Huffington Post article (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jill-amery/mom-enough_b_1525679.html) where the author points out that it's not the TIME article or the image of the woman breastfeeding a toddler, that sparks controversy so much as the headline "Are you mom enough?" Perhaps they are clever to get your attention on the topic, which is no longer attachment parenting but has spawned into a multitude of conversations about what it takes to be a mom. Surely they anticipated the consequence of choosing such a headline? Regardless, I'm pretty certain that all the moms I know are mom enough, whether they apply attachment parenting or not.
  5. Cybele Negris Wednesday - 30 / 05 / 2012
    I didn't see the original cover of TIME but if they truly used those words in the context described then I'm truly saddened. What does "mom enough" actually mean? We love, we nurture, we comfort, we teach, we hug, we discipline when needed, we take care of all the necessities of day to day life and we sacrifice constantly to give our children the very best we can. All of us would die for our children if it came down to it. So hey, enough I say. Good for you ladies for making your statement! And you look amazing.
  6. Andrea Vance Wednesday - 30 / 05 / 2012
    Oh I'm MORE than Mom Enough! And maybe the TIME cover wasn't such a bad thing. It's made us all stand up loud & proud to say "Yes We Are", and recognize that we don't all have to fit the same mold and family style. They're in the business of selling magazines, and creating a buzz... and they've done just that. Round 1 to TIME. And Round 2 goes to all the Moms out there who are answering their question if we're Mom Enough: it's a resounding yes. Congrats Sue, Elayne, Capri, Leila, and Annemarie - what a great photo of some powerful and magnetic women.

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