Saturday, August 25, 2007

Yummy Mummy vs. Slummy Mummy. And the Winner Is...Who Cares!

I thoroughly enjoyed this Newsweek piece by Kathleen Deveny about the "Mommy Wars".
The mommy wars are killing me. Raise your children however you'd like. Just please—please—stop telling me about it. Do whatever you want: stay at home with your kids, wear gym clothes all day and make your own organic baby food. Work 60 hours a week, fire your babysitter every six months and communicate with your children via BlackBerry. Declare your toddler carbon neutral or get your hair highlighted while you're in labor. Breast-feed your kid till he's 17! I'm a single working mother, and should be interested in all this, but I'm not.


We have become Narcissist Mommies, obsessed with defending our parenting choices. Yes, motherhood is exhausting. Sure, husbands could be more helpful and bosses are always demanding something on the day your kid comes home with lice. The challenge of finding good, affordable child care is no joke. But we didn't exactly invent kids. "No one can ever understand how difficult it is," says Kateria Niambi, a publishing executive from Montclair, N.J., and single mother of girls, ages 14 and 11. "But once you are a mother, you need to get over it. There's no need to whine about it."

Here's my take on the "Mommy Wars" and why we need to put an end to them.


Anonymous said...

I am going to be mom and after reading your blog, I think I am sure to have tough time. :p But jokes aprt your blog is very good and your writing skills are outstanding.

Shobha said...

I couldn't agree more. I am sick of it .. talking about every single parenting choice and breaking my head over it .. so much so that I don't wanna talk about it ... ever! :)

Poppins said...

Very very funny and appropriate article.

Ok, I've finished saying the politically correct thing, now comes the real q.
I'm a slummy mummy, what are you ?:)

Sujatha Bagal said...

Slummy, by far! :)) Oh, the tales the two Ns could tell!