More than 80 women came to the first Mommy Wars reading in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday evening. Women of all ages. And one baby. I read from eight essays by a mix of working and stay-at-home moms. Afterwards, there were two or three questions. Mostly, there was discussion.
"I don't know if moms are ready to talk about this."
"What am I supposed to do? Walk into my neighbor's living room and tell her I think she's hurting her 3-month-old by going back to work?"
"Women of my generation never dealt with this. We were all the same. We were all at home."
"Stay-at-home moms are so isolated by endless baby care and laundry."
"Working moms are so isolated -- they are too busy for friends."
There wasn't any anger. No one criticized other moms who'd made different choices. Instead, there was hesitation -- how do we deal with this? How can we make it better?
And groups of moms went out into the night together, to talk and, I hope, to make it better.
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