Screw the Mommy Wars.
As a mom who stayed home pretty much full time (always writing part time) for the last 16+ years who’s now working full time, I guess I’ve been on both sides of this dumb debate, and I have to say this:
IT SUCKS EITHER WAY! Duh.
I am not sure who invented the term “Mommy Wars” but I am guessing it involved middle aged white media men dreaming of jello wrestling. It probably wasn’t an actual MOM because most major conflicts we deal with involve keeping our children from injuring themselves or each other in the ‘war’ over who gets the last bowl of Reese’s Puffs (answer= mom) or the tv conflict over Handy Manny versus Ghost Adventurers (God, that guy is an annoying egomaniac…)
I am not sure why print and online media, including many women writers, insist on arguing over working versus stay at home moms. Honestly? Who the hell nominated themselves to be the Judger of what’s right in motherhood? To me, whether you stay home full time, work part time, go back to work full time after six weeks, call yourself a Work at Home Mom or a Stay at Home Mom or a WAHM BAHM THANK YOU MAHM mom or whatever the hell title you want to invent, we are all just women who are trying to get through the day, and the years, raising our kids the best way we know how at the time, in our own situations.
When I am asked if I am a stay at home mom or a working mom I always say yes. It’s the same answer I gave when I was pregnant and people asked if it was a boy or a girl. I would say yes. It’s so much more polite than ‘mind your own fucking business’, isn’t it?!
I cannot stand to read or listen to shit by moms who think they are holier than other moms. It’s like…really?? Are you better than another mom because you get dressed up and go work or are you better because you don’t? No. No one is better. Everyone is just trying to survive- to keep their baseball-capped heads above the kid-sucking quicksand that is motherhood. I have an idea! Let’s support one other instead of being all snarky and having to feel superior over any other mother. The very theme of this blog: embrace mediocrity. It kicks perfection’s ass any day of the week.
So can we declare a truce in the Mommy Wars? (You win, if it makes you feel better.) We’re too tired to fight anyway.
<crunches Reese’s Puffs>