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Bad Mommy

mommy where are you coverMommy, Where are You?
What could be more important than investing in the lives of your children
Mills
1992

Working moms, this book is for you. Did you know you are doing your children a disservice by being selfish and working outside the home? They will probably become criminals all because you put your selfish need to work above your kids. Lucky for you, this author is here to straighten you out.

I just want to laugh/snap at the author for thinking that all women have a choice in working. The author suggests that women with income challenges should take in sewing or sell baked goods. Of course this begs the question, if they are working at home, are they still giving their children the most of their time? Equally infuriating is implying that fathers just can’t do parenting as well as a mother.

Still irritated that we haven’t progressed as a society,

Another bad mommy (retired),

Mary

Personal Note : 20 plus years ago, I was told by a school official that my kid was a troublemaker because of my high powered library job. (I was a part-time library clerk and working on my MLIS at the time.) I tried to point out that he is a troublemaker because he is 12 and a smart ass, not because I have a job.  So, to that particular individual that concluded that I was going to ruin my kid with my job priorities, I would like to tell you that my kid ended up a contributing member of society, gainfully employed, and NOT sponging off his parents. He is still a smart ass, though.

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You can be a mom and have a career!

Part-time solution coverThe Part-Time Solution
The New Strategy for Managing Your Career While Managing Motherhood
Canape
1990

I had my first child in 1990 and I thought that all of these advice books (many featured on ALB) were mostly useless. I think I personally read most of them. The assumption was always there are choices and options for working.  I remember exactly ZERO women with “choices”.  Add in a nice pile of judgment and guilt for both stay-at-home moms and working moms, and you have a recipe for a nice little mental breakdown.

Of course in 2014, this book is so outdated for many reasons. Technology and economic hardship of the last decade have rendered this book obsolete. Weed it and don’t look back.

Mary

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