Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Then again

I'm having second thoughts about my last post.

I wouldn't want someone else to judge my ability to care for le Petit and do my job. Why should I judge Palin? If she believes she can balance five children including one in infancy and a theoretical presidency, who am I to second guess? It is an unflattering position for a feminist, and more than a little condescending. After all, I know nothing about the dynamics of her family or what kind of help she may have.

I suppose I just feel like presidential and VP candidates should be beyond the stress and worries of early parenthood. Parenting an infant is the single most rewarding but also the hardest thing I've ever tried to do.

I place myself a little too quickly in Palin's shoes, I think.


caramama said...

I think by her fifth and with all the help she most assuredly gets, she can probably handle it. I'm hoping that if she couldn't, she'd know it having been through it a few times before.

I've always wanted to see a mom in office and what they would do with a mother's empathy. However, the more I learn about Palin, the more I realize I don't agree with her stand on so many things. And as much as I am behind Obama, I would rather see it be Clinton.

Parisienne Mais Presque said...

I wouldn't vote for someone just because they're a mom, and my political beliefs and McCain and Palin's are polarly opposed on most issues, so I'm definitely voting Obama. But I think her candidacy brings up a whole bunch of interesting issues about women, working mothers, and politics. There was a good article about it all on the New York Times:


I'd like to think that she knows what she's signed up for, but I have to wonder. But yes, it must be easier the fifth time around -- I'm hoping it's easier the second!

Isabelle said...

I can tell you that it's much easier the 2nd time. I can't tell you for the third because I only have 2 kids!!!
After having a 2nd child you are much more relaxed about everything and you wonder why you took everything so seriously with the 1st child. For example you will let the 2nd child cry longer in his crib than you would have dare with the 1st. Just because you realize that you aren't wonderwoman, and that there is no need to be so stressed out by every little detail.

Parisienne Mais Presque said...

Isabelle, I'm glad to hear that! I'm sure that I will be a lot less anxious the next time around, and that should help the baby be a bit more relaxed, too. :)