September 10, 2013 by Judith Liebaert
Is it because young parents are not stepping up to the plate, or because we have refused to step aside for them?
I asked my oldest daughter and mother of four, why she thinks so many of her generation seemed to be totally overwhelmed by the task of parenting their children.
“Too many parents who weren’t around or thought their job was to make everything easier for us growing up,” she said.
Wow! What an eye opener.
So to make up for it we are mothering our children and grandchildren. Yet again we are failing to pass on the mantle of Mother and step into our roles as Crone. What we must ask ourselves is whether stepping in to pick up the slack for our adult children is a selfless or selfish act on our part? Should we be raising children long after nature would have us do so? Should we be prolonging our daughters’ Maiden stage beyond its time?
Is our reluctance to take up the duties of Crone because we