Thursday, February 05, 2009

Here, There and Everywhere

I have a post up on Chicago Moms Blog today about one of my usual rants: Our society's refusal to assign economic value to the job of mothering. This time, I zero in on a Milwaukee Journal Expose on how some Wisconsin mothers have tricked the state into paying them for -- gasp -- caring for their own children. And a British organization's report claiming that today's kids are going to hell because parents are too focused on furthering their own careers and satisfying their own desires. Usually I don't like it much when people come out and talk about what selfish jerky jerks we parents are, but this time, I found myself nodding my head to the drumbeat.
I pontificate further on the British report on ParentingSquad.
I also have a new gig blogging about the travel industry for a site called UpTake. Here's my first post there, about a German dude in Mexico with a big personality and how his story may fortell the future of the online travel booking industry.
Amazing what I can get done when Nutmeg actually attends school all four afternoons of a single week, eh? I also hired the neighbor girl to babysit for two hours on Mondays so I can get a little more work in. Ironic, then, that the first thing I turned around to write about with my new free time was how parents should spend more time with their kids and not worry about money so much.

3 comments:

Marketing Mommy said...

Ouch. And here I was just about to write on my own blog about how my career's finally taking off...and taking me to Las Vegas (and away from my kiddos) twice in 2 months.

Carrie said...

Well, I don't have any answers. I think there's a big difference between HAVING both a career and a family and being FOCUSED on only self, career and money to the exclusion of family. And I don't think many dads would be wracked with guilt over taking two biz trips in 2 months.
Personally, I can say that I felt better this week than I have in ages after getting some quality work time in. And I think I may have actually had fun with my kids this afternoon.

Sara said...

Ya know, my whole outlook about my career changed after having children. Before I had Grace, I was so concerned about how my career would change if I had kids and now it's like, "Who cares?" And there was a point in my life when I would have never considered being a SAHM. Now, I find myself kinda wishing I could do it. I do enjoy working outside the home (for the most part) but it's also heartbreaking at times.