A rebroadcast of the 2018 Mother's Day edition of the California Report Magazine, which explores difficult choices around motherhood.
It’s hard to be a mom juggling work and children. It’s harder if you live in poverty. It’s even harder when one of your kids arrives with a disability you weren’t expecting. Margaret Katcher has this story from Fresno about one mother’s struggle to figure out a new way to parent.
All moms have dreams for their kids: that they’ll get a good education, that they’ll find love, and choose a rewarding career. But sometimes when those kids grow up, they make job choices that not everyone in the family’s so thrilled about. Bradley Bermont brings us this story about one family struggling with this problem in Los Angeles.
If you think about it, Mother’s Day is really just a big thank-you for reproducing. Thank you for having babies, or, thank you for raising babies. Thanks for perpetuating the human race. It’s unapologetically pro-babies. But on a planet with more than seven billion people, it’s unclear if more-more-more is sustainable. That was on the mind of our former colleague Carrie Feibel – now a senior health editor at NPR – when she started building her own family. And it didn’t help that she was living, at the time, in the Oil Capital of the U.S.
Bay Area musician Megan Keely’s most recent album called “Bloom” features a song about her Irish-American grandmother, Marcia Montgomery. Keely says her grandmother tag-teamed with her Filipina-American mom, to help teach her about being a powerful woman.