Motherhood and media coverage – surely not all negative?

I’ve just posted this advert on the website of Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Winchester. Obviously my involvement as a Trustee means I’ve known it’s been coming up for some while, and yes, I’m expecting to be there.

But, reading the advert provided by Dr Oluyinka Esan, the conference organiser, I’m wondering if the dialogue could get swamped in negativity?

As I’ve raised before, and as the Bailey Report highlights, there are considerable problems experienced by parents (not just mothers) because of the pressure exerted via the media (and particularly advertising) on children.

But, there must surely be plenty of good or useful things that “media coverage” (which I suspect is different from purely adverts, web access and such like) does for parents. The question is can we identify clearly what they are?

I’m going to throw out a few positive bullet points here, uncertain as to whether they fit the conference criteria or not, but would appreciate your thoughts (and also your company at the conference!)

  • The tools of online websites and ordering for so many daily consumables, children’s clothes etc, has made the more thankless tasks of parenting less time consuming – used wisely it can mean more time with children and as family;
  • I think media coverage of women, via things like news stories (whether they write them, or are the story) shows them increasingly able to multi-task productively for the benefit of work (income), family, and society – I’m thinking of someone like Ruth Gledhill active as journalist, and reflecting on Motherhood;
  • For children there are positive (or at least interesting) ways in which forms of media are being used to aid their education: this week my son’s GCSE English teacher is getting the kids to hand in their poems anonymously via a blog, to encourage peer discussion of their work without ‘personality issues’ coming into play. Once it’s working properly, it sounds like a useful development in the use of blogs.

Surely there must be more than that?

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About ramtopsrac

Church of England Priest, child of God, daughter of the New Forest, wife and mother.
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2 Responses to Motherhood and media coverage – surely not all negative?

  1. Thank you for mentioning my work. People don’t often seem to realise the miracle that each working week represents, given the commitments as a mother that have to be met as well. Our son is aged nine and I think the next few years are more crucial than any. Certainly, we spend hours with him each week, either talking or reading with him or ferrying him to various music and other activities. It is incredibly enjoyable and rewarding though. Mumsnet is a wonderful media space for mums, and many of the active contributors are also journalists.

  2. Oluyinka Esan says:

    It is great to see your views on the subject. Surely, there cannot be just one response to motherhood and media coverage. We hope the event will help bring to focus different perspectives on the media. We should give praise where it is due, and identify those areas where perhaps the media fall short of the mark. Looking forward to seeing you.

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