I was going to write a review of the new show, The Secret Life of a Soccer Mom, which premiered on TLC last night. I figured as someone running a company focused on working moms I HAD to do it. So last night I sat down to watch and couldn’t finish it. If you want my knee-jerk reaction to the show, there you have it — it felt unreal without being entertaining enough, so it didn’t pass the I-have-no-time-for-anything-that-doesn’t-entertain-or-inform-me test.
The premise of the show is intriguing and silly at the same time:
Each week one stay-at-home mom whoe gave up her career will secretely get to see the life she left behind.
If you must know, I don’t get why this has to be a secret from the family. Is working such an outlandish concept that the husband wouldn’t support it? I am sure it was done to create better television rather than to make any kind of social commentary, but I found it nothing but strange.
What I did like was feeling the mom had of just being thrown into a fast-paced workplace where people expected her to fail — I’ve not taken time off after having my daughter, but I imagine that if you do and go back to work, it feels a bit like that. I like to see things on TV that remind us about difficult realities — and I think it makes for good television.
A fellow working mom made a comment about the show this morning that stuck with me. She said the view it presented of a “working mom” was entirely unrealistic — where is the daily juggle if the mom is completely removed from her family and is 100% immersed in her work? Would you rather have your work or your family, the show seems to be asking, but c’mon, we know that neither is the answer. Most of us want some of both.
For a positive review of the show, check out Self-Made Mom’s post. (She also got a chance to interview the host, Tracey Gold and posted it on her blog.)
For a more negative take on the show, read what Elizabeth wrote on Career and Kids.
I am curious to hear your thoughts and reactions to the show, so please share them in the comments!