Flare-up in the "Mommy Wars"
Good Morning America fanned the flames with their recent multi-part series, and today NOW pushed back with a critical letter, which reads, in part, "Here's a compelling topic for a future feature: How can our society better support mothers and caregivers so that they can choose to work either outside or inside the home—whether it's full-time or part-time—without additional guilt, financial strife or other barriers? How can workplaces, educational institutions, the public service sector and our government make caregiving a more respected and less stressful endeavor?"
Working with the media is a tricky thing. I want to discuss the issues in Mojo Mom without hyping the so-called Mommy Wars. Author Miriam Peskowitz and I are looking for opportunities to move this conversation forward. She is planning to be on next week's Mojo Mom Podcast, which will give us a chance for an extended discussion on our own terms. I'd like to see a larger societal discussion where moms set ground rules that say we're going discuss ways to work together, following the model that NOW puts forward. I feel like women been duped into fighting with each other which is distracting us from the real work that needs to be done.