By Cameron Lynne Macdonald
Shadow moms shines new gentle on a facet of up to date motherhood frequently hidden from view: the necessity for paid childcare through girls returning to the group, and the complicated bonds moms forge with the “shadow mothers” they lease. Cameron Lynne Macdonald illuminates each side of an unequal and complex courting. in accordance with in-depth interviews with specialist ladies and childcare providers— immigrant and American-born nannies in addition to eu au pairs—Shadow moms locates the roots of person skirmishes among moms and their childcare companies in broader cultural and social tensions. Macdonald argues that those conflicts come up from unrealistic beliefs approximately mothering and rigid profession paths and paintings schedules, in addition to from the devaluation of paid care paintings.
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S. ”13 Despite evidence to the contrary provided by follow-up research on the same children, the takeaway message from the media’s coverage of the multiyear study was that children in extrafamilial childcare were at risk for problems later in life. ”14 Extrapolation 24 Mother-Employers from the premise that the brain creates its primary neural pathways during the birth-to-three period led some experts to conclude that a child’s long-term cognitive functioning depends almost entirely on the kinds of stimulation received during this period.
Like Joyce, many felt it was important to look back on some concrete accomplishment at the end of the day. They also valued the adult interactions of the workplace, and the sense of self-worth that came from taking part in the outside world, away from home and family. 52 Despite their large incomes, they perceived this need as quite real, in part because of the broader climate of economic scarcity and instability. The loss of one income due to downsizing or divorce can lead to a precipitous drop in a family’s standard of living.
She was no longer the unencumbered worker that her male-pattern career demanded, and she felt she was not present enough in her son’s life to establish herself as his Mother-Employers 19 “primary attachment,” as the advice books she read told her she should. Like most of the mother-employers in this study, Jessica was burdened by a sense of what I call “blanket accountability” both at home and at work: no matter where she was, she was held accountable for what went on at her workplace and in her son’s life.