Guest Opinion: Harried moms need a strong dose of sharing experiences | March 6, 2009 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

Palo Alto Weekly

Spectrum - March 6, 2009

Guest Opinion: Harried moms need a strong dose of sharing experiences

by Cristina Spencer

As a parent, I appreciate occasions that recognize the day-to-day efforts involved in raising children. Such events are a confirmation that these efforts have intrinsic value and contribute positively to our community and our future.

This story contains 901 words.

Stories older than 90 days are available only to subscribing members. Please help sustain quality local journalism by becoming a subscribing member today.

If you are already a subscriber, please log in so you can continue to enjoy unlimited access to stories and archives. Subscriptions start at $5 per month and may be cancelled at any time.

Log in     Subscribe

Cristina Spencer is an 11-year resident of Palo Alto who designs life-milestone ceremonies for individuals and families. Last September she organized the "Shine on Women" event to raise money for the Global Fund for Women. She can be e-mailed at [email protected]


Posted by sahd
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 6, 2009 at 2:24 pm

We've finally reached the point where only moms can be parents.

Posted by Mom Adviser
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 6, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Best advice for Moms is a good laugh - and in case some haven't seen this one, here it is again.Web Link

Posted by rr
a resident of Southgate
on Mar 9, 2009 at 11:25 am

How about something for parents in EPA? They need the most help. And EVERYTHING 'over there' has an impact 'over here'. Get your priorities straight, privileged people.

Posted by b positive
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 9, 2009 at 11:44 am

I saw at least one dad there, and attended with a friend of mine who lives in EPA. I guess I don't see why there is a need to complain. This event was started by a group of mothers, and I certainly don't see why fathers can't do the same. And I am sure EPA would welcome a similar forum for their parents, if anyone on these boards feels like starting a new event series.

Why not just let people enjoy what is available to them? I don't see anything wrong with joining a bunch of other moms/parents for a morning to reflect on the challenges of our daily life. In fact, I quite enjoyed myself. I am a privileged person, as I do feel lucky to be part of this community.

Posted by sahd
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 9, 2009 at 11:57 am

b positive says: "and I certainly don't see why fathers can't do the same."

How many stay at home dads do you know?
Ironic, isn't it? When women do it, they don't see it as being sexist.

Posted by SAHM
a resident of Duveneck School
on Mar 9, 2009 at 12:07 pm

[Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Posted by WM
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 9, 2009 at 2:45 pm

This symposium was available to all, from EPA parents to PAMP parents and beyond, easily accessible by bike, Caltrain, bus, etc.

I don't see what this has to do with working or non-working parents, whether they be moms or dads, privileged or not. Raising children is difficult, plain and simple, and if you can get some additional peace from time to time to help you through it, in whatever form it comes in, take it. We both work in our home and so while finding an hour a day to give "attention" to each of my children is not practicable right now, the speaker's message is still well-taken. I can still apply her message in my own life in my own way.

Posted by sahd
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 10, 2009 at 7:15 am

VM says: "This symposium was available to all"

The OP says: "On Saturday (March 7) all local moms will have the opportunity to participate"

After 14 years bringing up two daughters and living with the snide remarks, you recognize when you're not wanted.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay informed.

Get the day's top headlines from Palo Alto Online sent to your inbox in the Express newsletter.


Register today to support local nonprofits

The 38th annual Moonlight Run and Walk is Friday evening, September 9. Proceeds go to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, benefiting local nonprofits that serve families and children in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Join us under the light of the full Harvest Moon on a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon. Complete your race in person or virtually to support local nonprofits.

Register Now!