If you’ve spent any time on blogs, mommy message boards or even a book store you know that there are issues that drive a wedge between mothers or at least cause quite a bit of lively discussion. Is it detrimental to children to have parents who both work? Is it socially acceptable for a woman to choose not to breast feed? Should a baby ever have sugar? Should there always be one parent at home? These are argued about so frequently and with such venom and force they have been dubbed The Mommy Wars. But when you really think about it, aren’t these “problems” that we (myself included) get our nursing bras in a knot about really more like choices, choices that we are lucky -privileged even -to be able to make?
But women get all kinds of crazy when these topics are brought into conversation -even more when wine is introduced – which is a whole privileged people problem in itself -the arguing about whether or not moms should drink wine in front of their children (yawn). Plenty of normal not-so-privileged women laugh in the face of the mommy endlessly complaining about how hard it is to find a decent housekeeper or whether a prospective pre-school offers enough sense of “parenting community.” Are you confused as to which problem we moms face are real and which are PPPs? Well here’s where I break it down. Hint: most are PPP’s.
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