stay-at-home parent

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Not really against time that is of quality but against structuring and planning quality time based on the pressure we all feel to have enough of it. Perhaps you're a working mom and you feel all this societal pressure to spend more "quality time' with your kids in order to make up for all the time you spend away at work. Or maybe you're a stay-at-home mom like me and despite having loads of time, a.k.a 'quantity time', you still feel guilty from time to time because much of the time you spend with your kids isn't 'quality time.' The truth is society pressures all parents, but especially working mothers, to spend more 'quality time' with their kids.

A case against ‘quality time’

gendered parenting
The question isn't simply whether or not we used gender neutral language but whether the use of 'mom' or 'dad' reinforces gendered parenting roles, making it harder for us to parent, or if it instead help us navigate the realities that gendered parenting expectations have on us.

Gendered Parenting Roles and Language

We all want moments like these. But this is not what my whole day looks like.
The debate surrounding whether or not being a stay-at-home parent should be considered work has been a hot topic this week. And while it's important to recognize stay-at-home parenting as work, I think we're all having the wrong conversation. The grass is always greener... We all know the saying. And it's true, especially in this debate.

Let’s reframe the stay-at-home parenting conversation