(Updated March 25, 2015) Wow! I was thrilled to be contacted by The Huffington Post this afternoon about reprinting this piece, so you can now find the full text over there. Getting published on HuffPo was one of my career goals for 2015, so I’m incredibly pleased. It’s like getting a big shiny trophy, only without having to dust off an actual trophy. 🙂 🙂 🙂
|Could this be my favourite screen-grab to date? I think so! 🙂 🙂 🙂|
Dear Facebook friends,
Trust me when I say I didn’t mean to stir anything up by sharing that HuffPo article everyone is talking about. (It was written in response to this one.)
|Read the full article here|
I read it quickly, noticed that she was a freelance journalist (like me), agreed with several of the points, and shared it along with a comment along the lines of “these are some of the reasons why I’m choosing to stay home and freelance at this point in my life.”
See, no daggers! No accusations! I certainly wasn’t out to pee in anyone’s Corn Flakes, or however that expression goes.
The first couple of comments on my shared post were other moms who have chosen to stay home with their children while they’re little, and they agreed with the post wholeheartedly.
But then the working moms started commenting, and I felt like I’d been punched in the stomach …
Continue reading over at The Huffington Post
Ugh. I didn’t particularly love or wholeheartedly relate to the Emmons post, or the Lovric response, or the most recent refute from Anne Theriault in the HuffPost today, but who cares?
Parenting is tough enough without isolating other moms (and dads) for choices they make or situations that leave them no choice.
I hate sweeping generalizations. (And sweeping, in general.)
In the words of everyone’s role model mom, Kim K, “CAN I LIVE???”*
*Just to be clear, I’m kidding.