There has been so much debate about Sarah Palin lately, VP selection by Republican Presidential nominee John McCain, that I could not help adding my thoughts on this topic. I normally do not like to discuss politics publicly, let alone controversial topics. However, this topic has become such a hot debate I could not ignore the issue.
As a work at home mom, I fully support Governor Palin's achievements and what she represents. While I find managing a home, my own dreams and my own children challenging enough for me, I admire a woman like Sarah Palin who can represent women and families in this country. Women should look up to Sarah Palin for her confidence and success. She is a great role model for women and young girls, despite her daughter getting pregnant.
Teen pregnancy is not a result of poor parenting as some want to imply, it is a result of poor choice. While I am sure Sarah Palin does not promote teen pregnancy she is a true believer in what she stands for, pro-life, therefore she and her husband are standing by their daughter and wishing her nothing but the best, while also giving their blessings for her to marry. Sure, this is controversial to some, but I think it is the mature thing to do, it shows she is teaching her children the value of life and to take responsibility for their actions. Should the marriage fail, it will teach her daughter to support herself and to learn to make it with or without a man in her life, which many single moms do every day.
This video discusses the issue of 'mommy wars', while analyzing Palin for her decision to put her family in the spotlight, when she has a teen daughter that is five months pregnant and a five month old Down Syndrome infant. I am tired of the lack of support by other women (and some men) who do not feel Palin is capable of succeeding in such a prominent position because she is a mother. Women and mothers need to stick together, show their support and admire Governor Palin for her achievements. Governor Palin has successfully run the state of
Her parenting abilities and what she chooses as a women and mother should not even be an issue for debate, if she were a man this topic would not even be in the news. The mainstream media is pushing a debate on this topic while trying to demean Palin for her accomplishments and capabilities. Palin has proven as a successful and well-liked Governor of Alaska that she is capable of being a successful Mother, wife and political figure. Her husband is perfectly capable of caring for their children while she works. Give men and stay at home dad's some credit. We are in a new era, stay at home father's are just as capable as mother's of caring for their children. I know my husband helps with childcare, housework and cooking quite a bit and I am even a stay at home mom.
“Equal or Shared Parenting”, where both parents are involved in child rearing, etc. is a new phenomenon for some, but the times of "Leave It to Beaver" are over. Women are making great strides and proving that they are smart, capable and powerful enough to handle the same roles men have been dominating for years. As a woman, stay at home mom and supporter of Palin, I feel she is a great role model for women in our country. She can relate to and represent all moms and women, while acting as an advocate for families with special needs children. Sure, she has a seventeen-year-old daughter that is pregnant and plans to marry, no parent wishes this for his or her child and I am sure Sarah Palin and her husband never wished this upon their daughter. However, their decision to support their daughter is commendable. Would you rather her daughter hide the pregnancy, terminate it or become one of those teens who abandon the baby in a trash bin? "I believe that honoring the family structure is that important," Palin told the Anchorage Daily News.
Governor Palin is obviously proud of her family; there is no reason for her to hide the fact that her teen daughter is pregnant. Palin has said she was proud of her daughter's decision to have the baby and that
To address the issue of having her infant son out past 10 pm at night during the convention, once again this should not be an issue. This does not reflect her political abilities. Her parenting skills are not what the media and the public should be debating.