It’s easy to get discouraged if you are an “informed” mom. The world seems to be falling apart around us. From skyrocketing mental-health issues in children, phone-addicted apathetic teenagers, and young adults who seem unable to cope in reality – things are looking dire. However, in my cocoon of familial safety here in Southern Texas as a mom of five little kids – life is actually pretty good. I have to give Dr. Jordan Peterson a bit of the credit; he has certainly helped me find more power in my mothering and hone my method. I have probably listened to 200 hours of Jordan Peterson lectures, podcasts, and interviews. I listen to him everyday while I do workout DVDs – now just hearing his voice elevates my heart rate (my husband hates that joke). As I have listened to Jordan Peterson’s insights I have become convinced that we mothers must take responsibility as the change-agents in today’s society. It is not the people sitting at the top of some patriarchal hierarchy, the Social-Justice Warriors, or politicians who control the masses – it is simple women who when asked the question – “What do you do” somewhat shamefully reply “Oh, I am just a Mom”.
Why do we do that? Why do we act ashamed when we confess to being stay-at-home moms? This bugs me. Starting a blog took months of convincing from my husband because as “just a mom” I kept saying – “Who would ever read what I wrote, no one would take me seriously”. I am a confident and opinionated woman. I am not playing victim. But the fact is, mothers don’t have a seat at the table when discussing society. Teaching children is rarely mentioned in podcasts about our degenerating society. The role of the family is not brought up on the Nightly News. Mothers aren’t seen as important, because, why would we be – according to modern feminism mothers are sell-outs. Those who can’t cut it in the “real world” become moms. The modern world has taught us that the role of motherhood is as lacking in influence as a daycare worker – and equally fulfilling. So I decided to write a series of posts highlighting how Jordan Peterson’s insights can help mothers take the power back and save the world. After that series of posts, I hope to move on to other great thinkers – psychologists, theologians, and philosophers. My hope is we can take some of the vast knowledge accumulated over millennium and relate it to the most important work women can ever do – raise the next generation. In the words of William Ross Wallace, “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”
*If you are unfamiliar with Dr. Jordan Peterson he is a very popular lecturer and author and has some great videos online. Here is a sample; I love his Maps of Meaning and Personality lectures on his YouTube channel and also his Biblical lectures. He doesn’t talk directly about motherhood often but I find application in almost everything he says or writes. Check him out!
Upcoming post: Jordan Peterson and Motherhood #1: Ultimate Sacrifice equals Ultimate Reward