Her kids have always slept through the night, and even if they don’t, she still manages to look like she has had eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. There is always a well-balanced, home-cooked meal on her dinner table. She either happily stays at home or holds down a fulfilling job while still finding time to join the PTA, run the school’s book sale, and makes it to every single soccer game. Her house is absolutely spotless, and if it’s not, she can effortlessly laugh it off. She has the energy and desire for a happy and adventurous sex life, and her partner is always satisfied. She is crafty, creative, and embodies the perfect blend of modern woman and hipster housewife. She is usually white, middle to upper class, heterosexual, and neither too young nor too old.
But above all… she’s a myth. And it’s this myth that divides women and pits mothers against each other while fueling the flames of the manufactured “mommy wars.”
Intrigued? Will you be EXTRA intrigued if I told you the book has essays written by several Offbeat Families contributors and me? Let’s chat about it!
Contributors include Avital Norman Nathman, Sarah Tuttle-Singer, Victoria Brooke Rodrigues, Christina Soletti, and Aly Windsor — AKA all of your Offbeat Families faves! The topics are all over the board — breastfeeding, LGBT parenthood, and birth expectations. I even have a piece in there about my own son’s premature birth and dealing with the emotions during and afterward.
The book debuts in January 2014, and is currently available for pre-order for less than $12. In the meantime, you can learn more about the book, read about each contributor and wait patiently for book readings near you!