Manufacturing working-mom guilt

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

It was truly news to me that I am laboring under "collective societal guilt" about working moms ["Study: Working mothers not necessarily harmful to children's development," news story, July 31]. I have a happy child and a satisfied employer, and I know I am not the only one to have both. The "societal guilt" is not so much self-induced by angst-ridden employed moms as it is manufactured by headlines such as this one. What guilt I have is strictly due to my sweet, funny little girl's most excellent ploys to get me to buy her ice cream as often as possible.

Lovely fattening ice cream dripping over sticky hands on a hot summer day -- now that's something I welcome feeling guilty about. My challenging career? Not so much.

Elizabeth Keyes, Silver Spring

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