When I was in fourth grade, I went to the nurse’s office for a routine eye test and emerged with a new diagnosis. I was nearsighted! My parents took me to an optometrist, and before long I had glasses. I could see things at a distance as clearly as I could the books that were always a few inches from my nose.
Now, at 47, my eyes are in a new stage—they need bifocals or progressive lenses.
As parents—and particularly as parents of small children—it’s easy to be nearsighted. It’s easy for our focus to be limited to our children and their needs. It can feel like we’re just to busy to lift our eyes from our kids to the world beyond our front door.
But there is a world out there. It’s the world that our beloved kids venture out into, and it’s the world they will inherit.
Our kids—and every kid—need us to gather up every ounce of fierce parental love, and harness it. From climate change to gun violence to income inequality to white supremacy and beyond, our kids—all of our kids—need us to see the big picture, and take action.
Bifocal mamas are parents—of any gender—who recognize that it’s hard to be both parents and activists. Bifocal mamas find the tools and strategies they need to focus near and far. Bifocal parents seek out nourishment for their souls, so they can raise great kids and change the world.