Last week, I was interviewed by Meredith at the (Over) Thinking Mom. She does a great podcast series, and more importantly, she has an AWESOME radio voice of which I am completely jealous.
This blogcast (blog + podcast. she really is brilliant.) is called The Overeducated Stay at Home Mom, and is based on these articles: “The Opt-Out Revolution” by Lisa Belkin in The New York Times, 26 October 2003 & “Most Stay-at-Home Moms Start That Way, Study Finds” by Donna St. George in The Washington Post, 1 October 2009. And me, an MD turned stay-at-home mom. I was extraordinarily nervous to tackle this somewhat sensitive topic because, unlike writing, I don’t get to edit to make my points more clear. And kind. And SMART.
The one issue we didn’t talk about that I’m going to address here is the idea that we can be “overeducated” to be a stay-at-home mom. Seems a little condescending.
Although no one NEEDS a medical education to be a good mom, it has it’s perks. I probably freak out less about MOST health and developmental issues. Kinda.
On the other hand, I often feel under-educated and lost. The parenting and medical books don’t mention the point where you use up all their ideas on how to coax your child into school. And brute force is not an option because you have a toddler in your arms already. So you are sitting in the preschool parking lot for TWENTY MINUTES wishing you could use all those stupid parenting books to beat the onlookers.
Perhaps a better term would be moms-with-lots-of-letters-after-their-names-who-don’t-use-those-letters-like-they-are-supposed-to-be-using-them. Which is way less catchy so I’m pretty sure we’re stuck with overeducated.
On the podcast, we tackle much more interesting issues such as whether I was (or moms are) forced out of the workplace or are we making a CHOICE to stay at home. Is becoming a mom is just an acceptable excuse to stop working? And I answer the pointed question: Do you believe that you let down the feminist movement?
Go here and settle in for a chat. It’s a podcast so click the (Over) Thinking Mom icon in the red and blue rectangular box below the blog post (it took me a little bit of overthinking to listen to it. thanks.)
Thanks Meredith! Happy listening everyone!