Being the Good Mum: Everyone’s Got an Opinion

“After the break, you won’t want to miss this story.” Here we go again. Peter Mansbridge and his crew dishing up another story that’s trending about the modern mom.

*Mums avoiding radiation in their child’s milk

* Mums using harnesses for their toddlers

* Mums enrolling their children in expensive preschool programmes

* Mums and potential mums using fertility treatments

The story rolls and gross generalizations are served up – packaged up within a glossy presentation. Canadians everywhere roll their eyes.

These days it seems everyone’s got an opinion about mothers and what they should and shouldn’t be doing. “News light” stories can be found when you turn on your TV, a talk show, or crank up the computer. Even if you avoid the journalist looking for a story, if you’re a mum of young children the following bits of advice have probably come your way by of colleagues, friends, family members and even strangers. They cover all manner of topics and aren’t necessarily the sexy topics featured on the evening news.

No stone is left unturned.

Becoming a mum, at last

A week does not go by when we are not hearing stories about one Hollywood star or another having a child after 40. Often the actor is having her first or second child. Who doesn’t love a story about babies? Nowadays people are equally fascinated with the details about how older moms are fulfilling their dream to become a mother. Members of the media are also keen to share every detail about fertility treatments in Hollywood. In a recent interview with Celine Dion one journalist went so far as to ask Celine how many embryos she had left. Not surprisingly, Celine did not share details about this very personal information.

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