Well, to be completely honest, he was making fun of the “media sh*t-storm” surrounding Hilary Rosen’s comments last week. And since I participated in a “Mommy panel” on Fox News, Stewart called me part of the “elite homemaker snob-bobbery.” But still, I’ve always enjoyed watching his show and it was super fun seeing my mug pop-up there. Here’s the clip–you see me starting around 2:13. And for the record, I agree with Jon: raising five kids is totally not as hard as being a SPACE NEUROSURGEON!
I joined Fox & Friends this morning to discuss a democratic strategist’s recent comments about Ann Romney. Hilary Rosen suggested it was ridiculous for Ann to advise her husband on the economic plight of women since she’s never “worked a day in her life.”
Rosen followed up her comments with an article on HuffPo defending herself (read: only making it worse) and then released a tepid apology saying she was sorry “if I offended anyone.”
Whether Rosen admits it or not, she definitively participated in the Mommy Wars by suggesting that the work of an at-home mom isn’t REAL work. By saying that Ann Romney hasn’t worked a day in her life, Rosen disparages all stay-at-home moms and mocks our life experience as not having any valuable application in the real world.
Look, I’m not even sure I’ll be voting for Mitt Romney in November–frankly, I think President Obama has done a decent job given the nasty situation he received upon entering office–but I sure don’t begrudge Mitt from seeking his wife’s counsel. She has valuable advice! She’s raised 5 successful children!
Just because she hasn’t struggled financially doesn’t mean she’s clueless about hardship: in fact, she’s battled both cancer and multiple sclerosis. What’s the message, here? That unless you’ve been broke, bankrupt or struggled in exactly the same ways as other women you have no valuable insight into what’s important to women? I don’t buy that and think it was small-minded, petty and downright hurtful for Rosen to suggest Ann Romney is irrelevant because she chose to stay home with her kids.
Furthermore, I’m really annoyed with this idea that stay-at-home moms have the LUXURY of staying at home to raise our kids. The truth is that many of us have made incredible financial and career sacrifices in order to be at home with our kids. When I had my first baby it would have made way more CENTS for me to keep working. But I made the decision to stay home and gave up 12 years of earning potential in order to be home with my growing family. Yes, in comparison to third world countries–and, yes, even to the poor here in America–I had the “luxury” of making that choice. But let’s be clear: it has never been LUXURIOUS or easy.
Lastly, I will say that I found President Obama’s support for Ann Romney admirable and thought it was pretty cool that he expressed displeasure with Rosen’s comments.
Anyway, here I am discussing this issue with two other moms. Enjoy!
A school near Boston has asked parents to refrain from sending treats to school on Valentine’s Day. Today on Fox News, I debated Dr. Keith Ablowabout whether this was a necessary restriction. I think children should be allowed to enjoy their holiday celebrations–my kids love planning the fun gifts and treats they’ll bring for their friends. Of COURSE we set limits and teach them how to exercise self-control and moderation. I tried to keep the debate clean and on-topic. I’ll let you be the judge of whether my opponent afforded me the same respect. p.s. did you know “Mommy Blogger” is a dirty word?
In schools, self-esteem boosting is losing favor to rigor, fine-tuned praise. We’ve been doling out so much empty praise in the past decade that even when kids do poorly on tests, they still feel GOOD about their performance. I think it’s important to let kids struggle. Once they’ve actually accomplished something noteworthy, then praise is true and gratifying. Here are more of my thoughts from a segment on Fox & Friends this past weekend:
I sincerely appreciated what Dr. Susan Linn said and especially how she insisted that dressing up our daughters in highly-sexualized outfits IS harmful to them. I had so much more to say (surprise!), but at least I got to share my most important points. Your thoughts? If dressing up our daughters like hookers is OK, what ISN’T ok??
I’ll be joining a discussion panel on Fox News tomorrow morning at 8:20am EST to discuss how shows like “Toddlers & Tiaras” normalize the harmful effects of sexualizing little girls. If you don’t have cable, I’ll post the clip of my appearance here on the blog and host a discussion afterwards. For now, here’s an example of the kind of tragic sexualization that takes place in these beauty pageants–a toddler dressed up like Dolly Parton complete with fake boobs and padded butt?!
Are we overprotecting our kids? Even on our playgrounds? I think so. Here’s a clip from my TV appearance this morning explaning why:
I also appreciated this psychologist’s viewpoint on the same topic–if we’re not allowing our children to experience risk, they become fearful adults; ie. a new study shows that experiencing a fall before age 9 creates adults who have less phobias and fears. Interesting, yes?
What do you think?
Had a fun segment on Fox&Friends this morning. We discussed the upcoming changes to cafeteria menus at L.A. schools. I’m definitely PRO healthy eating–we pack healthy lunches almost every day. But some of these new food items are a bit extreme: spinach tortellini dipped in butternut squash sauce? Sushi rolls? I just don’t think kids will eat it. They’ll throw it out. And dumped food is yet another wasted taxpayer dollar. Here I am weighing in on this topic with my big, ol’, happy gummy smile!
I was on Fox & Friends this morning debating the merits of a proposed California law that would expel students from school for sexting. I definitely think something needs to be done about cyber-bullying and the perils of teenage sexting, but I’m not convinced new legislation is the answer. However, both sides have valid points, here. Watch this and let me know your thoughts?
In case you missed it this morning, here’s the clip of my appearance on Good Day L.A. I’m discussing the subject of my most recent column: a device that can prevent texting while driving. Check it out. And also? Note to self: wearing blouses with big patterns makes you look like a big ol’ piece of upholstery! DUDE!