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10 Myths from the Mommy Wars

Myth #10: She's Only Home Because She's Unemployable.

Upon learning of my pregnancy with my fifth child, this one scared me the most.  It didn't matter that at the time I owned and ran a successful business. In the back of my mind, I worried that people (read strangers) would think I had five kids solely because I was too stupid to do anything else.

We often decry stereotyping and profiling, yet women do it to one another all the time. Over the last half-century we have diluted motherhood to simple tasks such as packing lunches and changing diapers. It has become the lowest rung on the social chain -- something an educated and prudent woman would simply outsource.

Today's mothers know better than to confuse the nurturing aspects of motherhood with the responsibilities of raising children and the tasks of housework.

(Just in case you were wondering, that is not my picture. I wouldn't be caught dead in red pants.)