The top working mom blog posts of 2009 revolved around famous working moms and the health and well-being of our children. The working mom blog posts that sparked the most comments were about Jon and Kate (Gosselin, that is), Sarah Palin and Dr. Laura Schlessinger's book about stay-at-home moms. And then the feds got concerned about lead in children's clothes and toys sold at thrift stores.
I seem to be alone in my ambivalent feelings about Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Just the mention of her name sparks an avalanche of vehement and admiring comments. So naturally, my take on Dr. Laura's book on stay-at-home moms drew quite a lot of flak.
One of the hottest topics of 2009 in the parenting community was a federal effort to curtail sales of used clothes and toys. Moms came down on both sides of the issue -- in favor of greater protection for our children, and horrified at the threat to handmade crafts and thrift shops for baby clothes.
Discussions among working moms invariably lead to the question of guilt. I wish it weren't so, but we seem fated to question our decision to work, our choice of caregivers and other weighty issues. To me, guilt is a waste of energy that could be better spent bonding with family. Are you ready to join my campaign against guilt?
Another hotly debated question this year was the so-called maternal wall -- the penalty mothers face in the workforce simply for reproducing. I drew some criticism for asking whether Sonia Soyomayor would've become a Supreme Court justice if she were a mom. But until just as many fathers as mothers reach the highest ranks of all professions, I'll keep pointing out the disparity.
Mommy Wars erupted when I wrote about the most annoying comments working moms hear. Truly, I wasn't trying to call out stay-at-home-moms, I was hoping to bridge the divide by giving some guidance on what not to say to a working mother. You be the judge of how well I succeeded.
I was riveted by the story of journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee being jailed by North Korea for crossing over the border from China. It was so disappointing to hear criticism of Lee for accepting a risky assignment with a young child and home. And such a relief when the pair were finally released.