From politicians taking sides on the SAHM/Working mom "war" to everyone with a Twitter account weighing in on celebrity mom advice and recent parenting books, I feel like much of the country is over-analyzing what it is I do every day.
Surprisingly, the only time I don't hear anyone talking about these things is when I'm with other moms. I don't think that this in any way says we don't care about issues like the price of day care or whether we're raising babies to feel secure. But on a day-to-day basis, the moms I know are too busy to get caught in the media hype. The frenzy around some of these topics reminds me of high school dramatics -- like the time I cried when I saw my yearbook picture. Surely the fact that this lasting portrait was so hideous was worth getting excited over...at least for a day. After that it was time to focus on the actual fact of graduating.
That's how I feel now: I need to get on with the business of raising my kids. I don't really have the energy to spend on debating whether that person over there is more right than the other person over here. I believe that the time I spend today planning activities and talking with my toddler is going to do more good in the world than anything else. To those who say that I should be concerned about reinventing modern motherhood to be more fair to moms, more effective for children, and more fun for all: I agree. But I am going to start with my own house. Today we're breaking out the playdough (with all the accessories) and turning everyday junk around the house into toddler "toys."
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