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Thursday, November 1, 2007

What is "home-centered parenting?"

In the foreword to my book, Bernadette Clark RN CD (DONA) contributes, "The classic you are about to read will take you along Dr. Punger’s personal journey from medical school training to home-centered parenting."

I absolutely love this descriptive phrase "home-centered parenting." I'm not a stay-at-home- mom, a phrase that implies children are the priority. I could not think of a word that seemed to fit my parenting style. I don't believe that all stay-at-home mothers are home-centered. I did take 1 1/2 years off from reporting to work around one son's birth. Although I was a "SAHM," I still didn't feel like "SAHM" suited me then. Conversely, working out of the home does not necessarily mean you aren't centered on your kids. Since I've had children, I have tried to maximize the efficiency of my time in the office and find creative ways to bring home the work that could be done at home (like write about my kids!). I love how my efforts are summarized in this short phrase Bernadette included in the beautiful foreword she composed. I love how "home-centered" includes a variety of lifestyle/parenting styles.

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