But I digress.
As much as I enjoy some of the perspectives he presents on his CNN show, I’m stunned that this newsman-turned-daytime-host is dragging us back to the Mommy Wars, complete with teasers that some mothers who work outside the home will be accusing stay at home moms of being lazy! OK, maybe I’m not stunned — I’ve been around long enough to know that daytime TV is all about what’s going to grab the ratings. And mom-on-mom verbal abuse is always a real crowd-pleaser.
But I really expected more from Anderson, the man who’s still “keeping them honest” about politics and the Middle East and Bernie Madoff, and all that other newsy stuff we need to know about it.
I did wonder if the show would include anyone from my “category ” — the work-at-home mom. And according to the show’s site, he’ll be chatting with a mom who works from home as a phone sex operator! After taking a longer look at his site’s call for upcoming show guests, it seems he’s got plans to mine the topic of working mothers vs. “housewives” for a while.
Now, I know I don’t fit into this whole mommy drama thing exactly. I’ve been working from home for a long time. And I stopped taking these Mommy Wars things personally, either when Hollywood weighs in or when I overhear a not-so-kind comment about women who don’t “go to work” in offices when I arrive for school pick-up. It’s just too tiring. But now that our daughter has entered the world of tween-dom, and is actually thinking more about what she wants to be when she grows up, I really don’t want her hearing anything about this manufactured drama with its images of women fighting with each other over how to work and be a mother.
Perhaps Anderson could use a copy of Welcome to My World: Stay at Home Moms vs Working Moms. Yes, it’s the same topic, but I guarantee you, it’s a respectful look at how so many of us have come to make the choices we have.
As my wise friend Liz reminded me, it’s always a tough question about whether to bring attention to shows like the one Anderson is cooking up for this week because it only fans the flames of these parenting skirmishes. I’m definitely going to be on look out, though, to see if he’s preparing a similar program on this “debate” among fathers. If he does I hope he puts a call into some of the Babble Voices dads and some others I know. Maybe Shawn would be a good choice, because he’s got that whole dad with a backpack thing going on!
But if does Anderson insist on taking his viewers into the parenting war zone, he could at least humor us by wearing that black tee.