I wasn't going to write a Mothers Day post, because every day is Mothers Day at Mommy With an Attitude, after all. But then yesterday I read how the "Slacker Moms are urging the Alpha Mothers to chill." A fight! Just in time for Mothers Day!
"The original Mommy Wars focused on the ideological battle between stay-at-home mothers and mothers in the workforce. This newest skirmish is more about personal parenting styles."
On the one hand, I suppose it's a relief if we don't have to hate each other based on who has a job outside the home and who doesn't anymore. On the other hand, if like me, you're not sure whether you're more like an alpha mom or a beta mom, then how are you supposed to pick a side in this war? I mean, we all know for certain if we work for pay outside the home or not, but the alpha/slacker lines are a little more difficult to draw.
Because I'm a team player, I wanted to fess up right away and let everyone know if they're on my side or if they think I suck. So here goes:
I cook real, whole and largely organic food for my kids every day, and they only eat fast-food when my husband sneaks it to them behind my back. (And though this happens to make me look like a good mom -- the real reason I do it is just because I'm a food snob.) -- Alpha
I have already decided that even though I would never eat the crap served in a school cafeteria, my kids are going to have to eat it, because I'm too lazy to make lunches in the morning before work (breakfast is enough of a pain at that time of day). -- Beta
Every day before dinner I make the kids help me clean up every toy in the house, they eat dinner, I help them brush their teeth and I read them three books before bed. (Lights out by 7:15 pm -- how can a growing brain develop properly without a good night's sleep?) -- Alpha
Every day my kids watch as much TV as they want. -- Beta
I started teaching my first baby Spanish at 3 months old. -- Alpha
My second baby has pretty much only learned what Spanish he's picked up from the older one. -- Beta
While eating raisins or pistachios or chocolate chips, I routinely seize the opportunity to teach my kids how to add and subtract. -- Alpha
The other day I talked to the head volunteer of my son's kindergarten class. She works 4 10-hour days and then spends Fridays in both of her kids' classrooms and coordinates all of their class parties/events. I had to sheepishly admit that I didn't work at all most of the school year, and yet the couple of times she'd asked me to remember to send a box of Ritz crackers for class parties, I had found that an extreme hardship. (One of the times I even forgot.) -- Beta
So it seems I might be a teensy bit uptight about some things but rather laid back about others. And isn't everyone? Or are the alphas and the betas all going to have to hate me?!