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Unbelievably out of touch with reality
on January 24, 2013
I completely agree with the previous reviewer who said the content of this book is unrealistic for most. I read the entire book because I kept waiting for some practical advice and yet found none. As a busy mom, that's a waste of my time and that angers me, I wish I could get my money back, quite frankly.
Essentially, their "advice" is to do whatever you need to do to find the right balance. What does that mean exactly, you ask? Well, you should job share, or work part-time, or work as a consultant (like these things are SO EASY to find) and of course, hire a nanny, a maid, and a laundry service. Not helpful. At all.
These authors are so out of touch with reality that they actually seem to think that the majority of women have professional degrees, live in an urban area and worked for 10 years before having kids and that's just not true. No, I'm not a 40-year-old lawyer, doctor, big time journalist or professor living in LA. But I'd say I'm pretty normal- I have a college degree and a full-time professional job, I own my home and have 2 nice vehicles, I'm not in debt. But guess what? Where I live (a town of 130,000 in the Midwest) it is NOT a common practice to have a nanny or a maid, let alone a laundry service. In fact, I don't think you could even find a full-time personal nanny or a laundry service! I would kill for this "mommy track" they act like everyone has access to, but it doesn't exist here, and I don't think I'm alone. Job sharing is unheard of, while part-time options include Starbucks, the mall or working as a teller at a local bank. And that's ridiculous and what I was looking for were some ways to do something about that, but this book was unfortunately no help.
I think their survey is flawed and the nonstop talk about the debate centered around the title of the book is annoying. If you're a normal American woman looking for some practical suggestions when it comes to balancing work and motherhood, look somewhere else. Anywhere else. Trust me.