Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Book Club Invite: The War on Moms

My little lady bug, holding hands with her Daddy.
Some mornings it is harder than others to leave this adorable little girl and her chubby little sister and go to work full time. I do it for a variety of reasons, but am the first to admit it is not my ideal scenario. While I love using my degrees, getting dressed up each morning, having lots of adult conversations, and doing work that is important to me, I'd also really love more flexibility. I'd love to be able to take the girls to the "mommy and me" classes that are only offered during regular business hours. I'd love to be able to stay home with my girls every single time they didn't feel well, not just the times they were sick enough to meet exclusion criteria for daycare. I'd love to have stayed home with them for six months after they were born and do nothing but be their mom. I recently ran across this article, interviewing the author of this book and though, yes! Yes, yes, yes.
"The U.S. is the only industrialized country and one of only five nations—rich or poor—not to grant new mothers paid time off. Then I was explaining to them the results of the Pew survey that said that 60 percent of mothers who work full time [in the U.S.] said they would prefer to be working part-time. But because our health insurance is often tied to full-time employment, and because there aren’t many decent part-time jobs, and because the jobs that women strive to get are usually inflexible, women end up working way more than they want to—or sometimes way less than they want to, because if they decide they can’t keep up with children and full-time work, they quit."

and THIS. ohmygosh, THIS:
"And the [reason women aren't fighting harder for these things] is that their energy has been misdirected: You have the ridiculous “mommy wars” thing, the idea that every mother’s enemy is some other camp of mothers. It’s a complete distraction from the fact that all of us are actually facing same problem—which is basically a shortage of options that don’t suck."
The War on Moms
Seriously, read the whole article. Then buy the book. It's about to get all book club-y around here.




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4 comments:

  1. I am in I will get it tonight.

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  2. Oh - HELL YES!
    Every mom I know is struggling with this. No easy answer for our plight. NONE. Very frustrating.

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  3. Just bought it for my Kindle. ;-)

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