By Jennifer Perillo, NYC Moms Blog
A few years back I was a regular reader of the Wall Street Journal’s blog The Juggle. I had to stop. I just couldn’t take reading the attacks against parents in the comments section. True a family doesn’t have to consist of children, but the reality is if we collectively decided to stop bearing children, then we’d cease to exist as a nation.
Pardon the cliche, but children really are our future. So, why does the United States put such a low premium on motherhood. Whether you’re a stay at home, work from home, or commuting mama, chances are we can all agree that paid maternity leave is a necessity. While most countries understand this need, the U.S. is 1 of only 5 countries that has no legislation to guarantee paid maternity leave, according to a study conducted a few years ago. The countries we share this sad status with include Lesotho, Liberia, Swaziland and Papua New Guinea.
In a country that touts family values at the heart of every election, and where abortion is a hot button issue, how is it there is no value for taking care of these children once they are born? After hearing Sharon Lerner’s interview on a recent Brian Lehrer show, I’m seeing the mommy wars in a new light. Lerner’s new book, “The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation,” suggests that perhaps women aren’t their own worst enemies as I recently wrote about in this blog. She suggests the issue is part of bigger national indifference to motherhood and families. I’m adding her book to my must read list because this is one time I really wouldn’t mind being proven wrong.
This is an original post from the NYC Moms Blog (http://www.nycmomsblog.com). Jennifer Perillo can be found juggling spatulas and sippy cups at In Jennie’s Kitchen — making meals easier, one recipe at a time.