Monday, May 15, 2006

Reading about Writing and Mothering

I picked up a new book this weekend, The Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families and I have to say, so far I am not impressed.

I am only a quarter of the way in, so it's a bit too soon to judge. So far, however, this is my take:
  1. All the moms are writers (meaning they are Work at Home moms or Work Outside the Home moms... there are no 'Stay At Home' moms)
  2. Out of all the essays I've read, the point has been: going to work is hard but saves your sanity and staying at home is hard and makes you a little dumb.
  3. Most of the moms are highly paid career women before and after they have kids.
  4. Most of the moms have high levels of education, live in major cities (Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles) and the only time finances are discussed are when they are talking about having 'their own' money... no one in this book worries about paying rent and putting food on the table.

What about the moms who hate work or have to work because they are single moms? What about the moms who revel in staying at home and feel they are achieving goals (like taking courses or volunteering...) what about the AVERAGE mom?

Just about every mom in the book - so far - is a writer, so there are interesting takes on juggling freelancing vs full time publishing jobs vs part time editorial positions...

I think it rates a 2.5 out of 5.

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