Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Dear Magazine Editors-

There seem to be a tireless parade of articles these days touting celebrity moms. I am slightly bewildered by them. Call me crazy, but I don't know how being wealthy, being beautiful, being famous, or being successful in business qualifies you to be a wise parent. In fact, I would rather controversially argue that success very things may keep them from being true mothering experts. In fact, I get a bit riled when I read some of their comments, either trying to justify their lack of involvement in their children's lives, or their whole view of motherhood where children are treated more like paper dolls to be dressed up for show, or high maintenance pets to be indulged. And well we won't even start on their bizarre tips and advice

I don't want to hear from these women, I want to hear from the experts, the unheralded moms who seriously devote their efforts and energy into their work as mothers, that spend quantity time not just quality time raising their children-- Good children, moral children, caring children, please bring on that advice!

I don't covet the world of nannies and maids, extravagantly expensive designer clothes, elaborate events and "having it all". My brand of motherhood is one of sacrifice, hand me downs, saving pennies in your bank, homemade birthday cakes, and being there at bedtime every night. So editors, if you want a really good article, start looking for the CELEBRITY in the great MOMs, not the mom in the great celebrities.
1. testing out cake recipes
2. starting a new painting
3. learning new things

13 comments:

Arlyn said...

AMEN, Sister!

Courtney said...

Those articles drive me crazy too!

Chel said...

I'm with you on this one.

Although I must admit, I do doll by baby girl up (most clothes/jewelry/accessories I make or find on screaming boutique deals) and I do always order that perfect birthday cake from the bakery... I still think I am that get down and dirty mom. I scrub my grout with a toothbrush, I tuck my kids in at night and I am at every school function or extracurricular activity they are involved in.

Celebrity moms are over-rated. The real moms go unnoticed. Probably because we are lucky if we've showered that day.

You are one "smart mama!"

smart mama said...

oh chel I won't fault you some cute clothes (esp good deals) or a store bought cake, you're doing the stuff that really matters- you are queen of fubn days out with your kids -- and yah a magazine page glossy of me on most days won't sell many copies- LOL

LL said...

i love it--you're a good woman!

Christy said...

It just shows how much the world worships fame and fortune. Some one must want to hear their views, just not me!

Suzie Soda said...

You are sssooooooooooooo right! Amen, Amen, Amen.

bluestocking mama said...

great post! i especially love the ending.

The Orton's said...

What a great tribute to everyday Mother's...Love it!

Amy said...

Amen!!

Cmommy said...

Well said.

I'm tired of being physically compared to the celebrity moms--I think my hubby believes they are 'the norm'. Some of the magazine cover stories are LOL.

Amber said...

AMEN! I HATE that celebrity mom's get so much attention when they have gazillions of dollars and several nannies and a cook and a personal trainer...

swimmingmom said...

Woohoo! You said it sista!