Friday, March 25, 2005

American moms need to take it easy

If any of you have a child or are considering having children someday, you may want to listen to this episode of NPR's Fresh Air. It's an interview with the writer of Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety. The writer, also a working mom, had worked and parented in Paris and shares an interesting perspective on the differing pressures, lack of support, and perceptions of motherhood when she moved back to America.

Despite her rather bleak observations, she does offer a small but optimistic note toward the end, that motherhood should be a joy, and it doesn't have to be hard as it seems today. So if you're going to be a mom, remember to take it easy. If you're not a mom, maybe be a little more sensitive to those who are.

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