Mommy Wars = Energy Gone Wrong

By · Jun 22

I read an interesting article, and slew of comments today, on (great site, BTW) regarding Dr. Laura’s new book, In Praise of Stay at Home Moms.  At first, I felt all riled up.  Another attack on Working Moms!!  Can’t people leave these wonderful women in peace?!?!?!  Then I viewed the Today Show interview where Dr. Laura talks about the book and read her book excerpt.  Did that change my mind?  No.  But I did start to noticed how tired I felt.  How it was hard to keep my attention from wandering.  That’s when I realized that generating a huge outrage against Dr. Laura does nothing more than sell more copies of her book (and frankly, I’d rather just sell more copies of mine!).  Further, if there was any piece of advice working moms could take away from Dr. Laura’s book – I haven’t read it, so I don’t know – they won’t.  They won’t even buy the book, just like I don’t plan to buy it. 

My biggest rule of thumb is that it’s senseless to talk if no one is listening.  So shhhhh…… let’s just enjoy the silence for a moment, and then go back to our busy days wherever they are – at home or at the office.

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  1. Sue Kirchner says:

    I totally agree. I too am tired of the hype around working vs. stay at home Moms, that to be honest, I don’t even see in my daily life. It’s a controversy designed to sell books and magazines and creates an artificial division between women who need to support each other more. Why don’t we spend less time talking about the choices we make and more time celebrating the joyous fact that we have choices? Everyone enjoy the silence, then go plan to have some fun with your family … whether you work or not.

    Sue Kirchner

  2. Why not praise the stay at home mom? They volunteer in our kids’ classrooms, they help out with after school pick up, and they coach our soccer team. I was raised by one. I benefited from having her available to me nearly full time. She gave me an awesome foundation for life- self confidence, love of learning, desire to serve my community, importance of family, etc. Why not praise her? It doesn’t diminish me as a working mother. My mom did a great job! My friends do great jobs too!