A video of Lily Myers “Shrinking Women” from the 2013 College National Poetry Slam has been circulating amongst my friends the past few days. While this particular poem deals with gender stereotypes, food relationships, and a host of other issues, the one thought I keep coming back to over and over and over is, “What am I teaching my child?”
Do my actions say something all together different than what comes out of my mouth? Will my son learn more from what I do, instead of what I say?
As Lily states about her own mother, “I never meant to replicate her, but spend enough time sitting across from someone, you’ll start to pick up their habits.”
What do you think?