|Finally, I wanted to say this. At the root of this thread, and all the debates and discussions in the posts, is the fact that we, as mothers, are trying to navigate an imperfect social and economic system to parent and provide in the best way we know how. Motherhood is such an emotional and important occupation of our time, our hearts, and our minds, and to be constrained from doing what we see as best by the sometimes harshness of economics and other social conditions is a very frustrating thing.
Also, I wanted to say that I generally respond to posts speaking in broad, overarching, and aggregate terms. Or, at least, that is the intent. I would not want to ever single out one person's post and use specific terms to argue or debate that person in particular. Hmmm...what am I trying to say here...I need to figure out how to say it better...I guess what I'm trying to say is I never want to single out one person, but rather raise the debate to a community level, if that makes sense. Even when quoting another post, I'm less responding to that specific person, and rather to the idea or theme of the post.
Macro rather than micro, or something like that. I hope that makes sense.