Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Competitive mothering strikes again! The baby and I were driving home today after a visit to the library with his Aunt. It was a beautiful day, the sun was bright, the weather cool-they don't make days much better than this. While the baby entertained himself by making funny faces and silly noises, I was listening to talk radio and my mood quickly soured.
A woman called into a conservative talk show to share her views on everything going on in the country. I have no problem with that, but I do have a problem with how she described herself. She is a "college educated SAHM." Why even say that? What does it matter? Does that make you any better at being a SAHM? Do you really think that will make anyone take what you say more seriously?
I know, just let it go. At the end of the day, it's no big deal. And truth be told, I was over it by the time I got home. (Well, over it with the exception of this little rant). As a fellow SAHM, I absolutely understand her need to justify her place in this world. It really is a struggle. I guess it's hard for a lot of people to understand why my husband and I have made this choice, but for our family, it's the right choice and I know that. It's silly though. Shouldn't we SAHMs just back each other up? We shouldn't feel like we have to constantly explain our choice and assure people that we are not trashy, uneducated loser, baby-making machines. Why do we do this to ourselves?
So, lady who called in today, I'm sorry I judged you. But we both need to stop judging ourselves.

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