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Joyfilled Mothering: Empowering Women for the Future Sake of Humanity's Survival

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Joyful Mother by Sigrid Kjeldsen


Sigrid Kjeldsen...the Joyful Mother and Family

As Freud realized, women serve as the foundations for the evolution of human beings through their early influences in the lives of children. While realizing men can have important roles biologically and emotionally, the woman is of paramount significance. This is due to women supporting a fetus during the first 9 months of life, while also having the ability to breast feed during the initial couple of years after birth. Women also have a body that is more conducive to the nurturing necessary to provide the appropriate foundations for a healthy life that extends into adulthood.

The important implication of this realization is that if women are disempowered, then what of the Psyches of our children, both male and female? It should also be questioned whether the disempowerment of women was a conscious decision by the "higher powers" within humanity that exist as church, state and the overseeing corporate empire. This disempowerment probably goes back into the time when books such as the Bible were written. The Man, or Adam could even be seen as the Corporation (including church and state), whose rule over Eve includes all of Nature.

This trend in human history has resulted in our ecological mess. The rulership of "man" has meant the demise of many indigenous cultures, and has resulted in massive extinctions of animals and plants, as well as the decimation of the land as reflected in urban sprawl and activities such as mountaintop removal.

As we explore all this, we should also question how much of the women's movement played into the hands of these same sociopathic powers in order to get more corporate control over children through corporate day care, and more time at corporate run schools. Another consequence of this trend of women going into the corporate world, in combination with techniques such as outsourcing to other countries other than the industrialized west, was the eventual demise of the unions, which resulted in lower pay and benefits. The results of these movements were also huge in terms of the corporations ability to mastermind the conditioning of our children, which provided them with "obedient workers" as comedian and tragic hero George Carlin puts it.

What are the effects of diminishing Eve's power? According to Bill Muehlenberg (http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2009/05/05/the-importance-of-motherhood/), numerous international studies have shown that maternal deprivation at an early age can affect the mother-child bonding process, and can impair a child's emotional, social and psychological development. According to his site, recent research has found that maternal separation can profoundly affect the brain's biochemistry, with lifelong consequences for growth and mental ability. Commenting on the research, Mary Carlson of the Harvard Medical School states, "Our findings support clinical research showing that infants cared for in institutions grow slowly and have behavioral retardation".

In lieu of this kind of research, it would be interesting to identify the effects of corporate day care centers such as Minnieland on the psyches' of young children. Indeed, the website "Daycare and Childrens' Well Being" does exactly that (http://www.familyfacts.org/briefs/37/daycare-and-childrens-well-being).

Some of their findings include:

  • Children who attended daycare centers tend to exhibit more behavioral problems.

  • Both the age of entry into daycare and quantity of time spent in nonparental care was associated with the level of children's problem behavior

  • Children who spend more time in daycare are more likely to exhibit negative behavior

  • Non-Parental Care of Infants. Daycare during infancy was linked to children's cognitive skills and levels of behavioral problems. Children of mothers who were employed before they were one year old exhibited lower levels of cognitive scores (assessed through Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-R) and higher levels of behavioral problems (assessed through the Behavioral Problems Index) at age three and four

  • Maternal Attachment. Extensive daycare experience in the first year of life is associated with infants having an insecure attachment with their mothers. Of infants who experienced more than 20 hours a week of non-maternal care, 43 percent were classified as "insecure," whereas 26 percent of infants who experienced less than 20 hours per week of non-parental care (including none) were classified as insecure. Similarly, sons who experienced more than 35 hours per week of non-maternal care were more likely to have insecure attachments to their fathers.

  • Long-Term Effects of Daycare in Centers. The amount of time spent in a daycare center was related to children's long-term behavioral problems

  • Cumulative Effect of Daycare. The quantity of time spent in daycare in infancy and preschool years was linked to children's subsequent school performance and behavior. Children who had more extensive child care experience since infancy were rated by teachers and parents as having poorer work habits, peer relationships, and emotional health, and as being more difficult to discipline.

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)
 

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The suppression of the Feminine has been more than... by Burl Hall on Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 8:02:55 AM
Women specifically and the Feminine in general are... by Burl Hall on Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 8:32:50 AM
I had the best of both - I ran my private art scho... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 8:57:20 AM
I was a lucky! My sole dream was to be a mom and a... by Tsara Shelton on Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 11:22:24 PM
Yes, you can take a lot of credit. Being a woman, ... by Burl Hall on Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 2:27:30 AM
about this world is that we are all connected! We ... by Tsara Shelton on Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 7:26:54 AM
The world is joy full having you in it.... by Burl Hall on Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 1:00:43 PM