Manic cake-baking at midnight. After-school activities and young social lives that require dedicated and complex organisation. Mother-of-the-birthday-boy meltdowns. No Sex. No Nights out. No Sleep. Ever. What's wrong with this picture? That's the question Judith Warner asked herself after taking a good, hard look at the world of modern motherhood, ...
Manic cake-baking at midnight. After-school activities and young social lives that require dedicated and complex organisation. Mother-of-the-birthday-boy meltdowns. No Sex. No Nights out. No Sleep. Ever. What's wrong with this picture? That's the question Judith Warner asked herself after taking a good, hard look at the world of modern motherhood, at anxious women at work and in bed with unhappy husbands. By moving personally between the worlds of stay-at-home and working motherhood, interviewing numerous women and reading and seeing what our popular culture and politicians had to offer on the subject of motherhood in our time, Warner comes to a stark conclusion: that what is now happening in the culture of motherhood is nothing less that perfect madness. Written in a lively, accessible and often amusing tone, this is a book that all mothers will be able to relate to.
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everything that's wrong with competitive parenting
Warner uses her parallel experiences of mothering in Europe and North America to show us frantic coffee swilling, minivan driving soccer moms how to incorporate more joy and less stress into being a mother. It's about taking back your life and giving your children a safe place in it. Encouragement for anyone who wondered if this is all there is, and more reading for the people who laughed at the "Three Martini Playdate". Warner's intelligent prose will arm you against the parenting movement that has sucked you and your competitive mom frienemies in.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-01-31 For Warner, coauthor of Howard Dean's You Have the Power, the phrase "overinvolved parenting" accurately describes the mess we're in. In the modern culture of motherhood, Warner says, mothers feel constant pressure to "facilitate" for their kids, to "be doing something with or for them." She describes how she practically turned herself into a "human television set" with 24-hour-a-day programming to entertain her own newborn. Once we finish (over)stimulating our infants, she explains, we start testing our toddlers to determine if there are subtle developmental delays that could be remedied with "occupational therapy," since the best schools only take perfect children. Micromanaging our children feels right, because modern women like getting things "under control," and since they often haven't got much control over their own lives, they obsess over their children's lives. No surprise, then, that they frequently produce spoiled, academically precocious children who lack even minimal social graces. Warner argues for a saner society, where everyone would have access to a decent living and enough family time for themselves and their children. People could still "choose" fast-lane careers demanding 80-hour work weeks, but why not design our social policy for the majority, who don't have those options? Warner is better at describing the problem than detailing the solution, but a similar imbalance didn't stop Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique from making waves. Agent, Lisa Grubka. (Feb. 17) Forecast: If Warner gets enough publicity, her clever book could sell well. Its subject has been popular lately, with articles appearing in New York Magazine and elsewhere. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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