Just when you think that the infamous mommy wars between SAHMS and WOHMs are losing steam, the media comes up with another type of apparent conflict and difference between moms: Slacker Moms vs. Alpha Moms.
From the article:
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.
Alphas are educated, can-do types whose organizational skills bring a corporate mentality to their parenting and a technological agility to their problem-solving.
But sociologists, including Melinda Forthofer of the Institute for Families in Society at the University of South Carolina-Columbia, say there's no evidence Alphas are actually better mothers.
And now an anti-Alpha movement is taking hold. Those moms have it together sometimes. They may forget to send back permission slips or lose track of their turn for team snacks.
Is there something about mommy wars that the media cannot stay away from writing about them? Are they so interesting and integral to what it means to be a mom that it is important to continue to have a dialogue about them? How is creating divisions between moms helpful or valuable to moms who are readers of these media publications?
We can't hide our negative reaction to this article - it's simply ridiculous. Parents have different parenting styles. They make choices based on their own personalities and circumstances. They all love their kids and aim to do only the best for them. Do we really have to assign labels to them and create - yes, create, because frankly, the only place you see them is in the media - these ridiculous conflicts between them?
It certainly makes for great attention-getting - which we're proving by writing about our reactions to this article. And attention is great for business if you're a media outlet. But we have a hard time believing that there are not other interesting angles to write about as they relate to moms.
Weigh in and share your reactions with us. Do you like to read articles like this? Do you relate to these types of debates and mommy wars or are you tired of them?