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By Sharon Lerner

"A stinging account of ways public coverage and personal companies have did not adapt to operating mothers."--Jennifer Ludden, NPRWhy lifestyles is tougher on American households than it has been in decades—the publication that takes the blame clear of mothers and places it the place it particularly belongsPressed for money and time, not able to discover good cheap daycare, wracked with guilt at falling wanting the mythic supermom ideal-working and non-working American moms alike have it more durable this present day than they've got in many years, and they're worse off than a lot of their friends around the globe. Why? simply because they're elevating their little ones in a family-unfriendly country that almost units them as much as fail. The conflict on mothers exposes the strain wear households via an outmoded method nonetheless equipped round the concept that girls can have the funds for to not paintings. It tells the fact that overworked, stressed-out American mothers have to hear—that they don't seem to be by myself, and they are to not blame.Exposes a scarcity of average and versatile paintings possibilities because the genuine reason for the intended rift among hired and stay-at-home mothersExplodes the myths approximately supermoms, slacker dads, opt-out mothers, bootstrap mothers, daycare strategies, and make-money-from-home scamsUncovers the frequent, brutal truth of getting no paid maternity leaveOffers photographs of genuine women—across social periods and around the country—who are struggling with concerns that might strike a well-known chord with so much AmericansExplains why American ladies have it demanding and why it isn't going to get any more uncomplicated until eventually the rustic dramatically adjustments courseThe warfare on mothers turns the "mommy wars" debate on its head through arguing mother's genuine "enemy" isn't different girls, yet a national indifference to the cultural and financial realities dealing with mom and dad and households within the usa at the present time.

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Andrea usually cleans until well past midnight. “There’s laundry and diapers and pizza boxes to deal with,” she explains. ” Andrea’s husband runs a small company that does DJing for parties, which means he often works nights and is available to care for the children during the day. ” In her descriptions of the scenes she typically encounters upon returning from work, her husband comes off like a cross between Mary Poppins and Pigpen. “The children are thrilled to be with him. A lot of times those boys are running around the house, and they’re into everything, and they’re making tents and everything.

For one thing, despite being pitted against one another, a majority of mothers who work fulltime and those who stay home seem to have a similar goal: to be able to take care of their families and earn at least some money. ) Indeed, supposed opponents not only often have the same interests, they are sometimes the same people. Take Devorah, who fell on the working mom side of the supposedly great divide before she quit and the next minute, hopes and desires intact, was relegated to the other. Perhaps the worst part is that the focus on individual women deflected serious examination of the larger family policies, or lack thereof, that affect all women, regardless of their employment status.

But his success is a qualified one. Even with his enthusiasm and clarity of purpose, Marc Vachon had to go to near-Herculean measures to find a company willing to accommodate his interest in sharing household responsibilities. A gifted job applicant with a mechanical engineering degree, he still had a hard time locating companies willing to accommodate his need for flexibility. And after he found an understanding employer, he was very much the exception—so much so, that tiptoeing out of the office was necessary, lest he piss off his colleagues with less-flexible schedules.

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