Mommy Wars II

Many believe the mommy wars are either exaggerated or fabricated by the media.
Anne Tergesen

Several readers responded to my previous blog on the “Mommy Wars,” a collection of essays by 26 writers including Jane Smiley and Susan Cheever about the supposed conflict between moms who work and moms who stay at home. Many believe the media has either exaggerated or fabricated the whole thing. I can see their point. After all, even Susan Cheever--whose essay begins, “There is a war going on in the streets of New York City”--would surely acknowledge that no one is detonating bombs at PTA meetings. Moreover, many moms--myself included--consider themselves neither a stay-at-home nor a working parent, but something in between. Needless to say, we all have plenty of friends from both “camps.”

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