Thursday, September 04, 2008

the myth of the supermom

Women can do it all, right? That's what I was brought up to believe. And technically, I guess, every day I prove the point. But does anyone talk about what doesn't get done? What gets lost?

I'm not talking about seeing new releases weeks (or years) after everyone else has. That's nothing.

If mom is busy all day at work and busy at home later trying to feed you, bathe you, hold down the fort, etc., what is getting missed (besides hours of sleep)? Does the kid really get the amount of attention it needs and deserves? Does the mom get to spend any quality time with family, friends, love of her life? What about herself? What about trying to feed her mental and emotional needs? Or updating her blog?

The fast-paced world we live in can be quite exciting, but exhausting too. To me the most interesting thing about recent political events and the anti-Hillary is wondering why anyone, but especially a mom, would want to spread herself even thinner than she is already.

I'm not politically conservative, but I find it oxymoronic that a so-called social conservative isn't being lambasted yet by the family values groups. Is it good for a special-needs (or any) newborn to have a mom who wants to take a new 24-hour-on-call job? With a major stress level? In the most formative years of a child's life?

Just askin'...

All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats.

Groucho Marx


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