WOHMS to blame for overscheduled kids
||Sat, 04-12-2003 - 12:48pm
SO the latest round of magazines are being passed between some friends/family and I just read an article about the over stressed, over scheduled children. The journalist profiles an upper middle class family - dad own a business, mom SAH (she works about 10hrs a week doing the books, but for the article she is a SAHM). Their 4 children are into a TON of activities. Everyone is stressed, they eat too much fast food, don't get enough sleep - all the usual stuff. After we are introduced to this family, the article discusses the reasons for this phenomona and even though the Mom says she wouldn't let her children pick just one activity becuase it is too limiting - the author points right to WOHM as the cause.
Reason #1 - WOHMs feel so guilty about working that they try to maximize every second by enrolling in all of these activities (seems like backward logic - if you were feeling guilty about NOT being with the kids wouldn't you cut out activities to be with them - what do I know?)
Reason #2 - All of the WOHMs have thier kids enrolled in activities, so if the SAHM kids want to play with anyone they have to enroll thier children too.
Schlocky journalism? Pandering to the demographic (presumably of SAHM)? Undertones of a societal view of WOHM?