The latest Journal of Child Development reports that childhood obesity and a child’s Body Mass Index rose if his or her mother was a working mother. Over the years there have been endless studies correlating dismal numbers of unhealthy, unhappy, underperforming, academically failing children to the absence of parenting in the home. Needless to say, knee-jerk reactions and immediate attacks from single working moms are mounted, once again, against us Stay-At-Home moms. The truth is, you’ll have a greater influence on your child if you are around them throughout the day, as oppose to dropping them off at the day care center. In my generation, before day cares were all the rage, these kids were merely "latch key kids." (definition: A latchkey kid or latchkey child is a child who returns from school to an empty home because his or her parent or parents are away at work.)
It’s difficult to find inspiration and encouragement to be a stay-at-home mother, especially in the present economy when everyone needs to pitch in. Mainstream media is oftentimes hostile to the concept of biblical womanhood – a life that puts husband, family, and home first. For us, the needs of our family is the realization of the self. Compare this to the popular notion of self-realization as one having to go out into the world to beat a man at his own game, in a man’s world. We believe that looking after our husband’s happiness and comfort, raising our children properly, and maintaining a home is realizing what John Knox calls "woman in her greatest perfection."
That said, mothers who cook at home are up against hidden dangers in fresh produce that didn’t exist 30 years ago. Hormone grafting, fish DNA grafting (for larger sized fruits and vegetables), artifical preservatives, waxed fruits, pesticides, anti-fungal fertilizers, anti-dusting agents, etc. The list goes on. These are components introduced to extend shelf-life, create more pest-resistance crops, and more attractive looking produce.
Don’t fall for it.
If you can’t afford organic, the next best thing is to buy locally from your farmer’s market. Even though there’s no guarantee that the farmer doesn’t use genetically manufactured pesticides (you can always befriend him and ask), it’s still many unknown factors taken out of the equation. The First Lady Michelle Obama has recently gotten Walmart to commit to offering healthier foods in their stores, but what they define as “healthy” is less sodium, lower sugar content, and less or no trans fats. There is still a hidden danger in many store-bought foods. That hidden danger is called GMO. What is GMO (Genetically Manufactured Organism)? It’s ready-to-eat, packaged, processed foods. Essentially if it comes packed in a package and you can eat it immediately, it’s a GMO. Frozen dinners, pre-cooked foods, corn-based processed foods are all GMO’s
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Happy cooking and homemaking!