Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety
by Judith Warner
Published by Riverhead Books
I did not want to do any heavy reading once the baby was born so as a last heavy read I checked out this book recommended by a mom blogger on Momaroo. In her book, Judith Warner discusses how motherhood has evolved over time. She talks about how mothers have cared for their children through the generations passed and how it has affect the children. There are chapters that emphasize working moms, stay-at-home moms, or a combination of the two. Warner mentions the “Mommy Wars” and how, despite efforts for unity, two clashing groups do not see eye to eye enough to get better care and quality of life for children in our society.
It is an eye-opening book if you take on the view of a working mom or stay-at-home mom to the extreme. Warner presents motherhood from the perspective of both sides. Whether you agree or disagree with her views on feminism, women’s liberation, or politics, she makes us think about how we can improve our children’s lives, and it may not be in the way you think it would or should be improved.
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