Executive moms

More career women are choosing to become CEO of the house, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Earlier this month at the Upper Main Line YMCA in Berwyn, 25 women listened intently as productivity consultant Betsy Tookmanian dove into the steps to managerial success.

“Inner organization is what rejuvenates you,” Tookmanian crisply told the gathering, members of the Chester County chapter of the Mothers and More support group.

Aside from questions about picking up toys and what to do with those piles of precious kiddie artwork, the forum unfolded much like a corporate seminar, albeit with a domestic spin – closet organization, inspirational quotes, and a five-step strategy to better dressing. And through it all, mothers taking notes.

“A new breed of accomplished, educated stay-at-home women are bringing the same intensity to child rearing as they did to their careers,” says the Inquirer. It sounds a bit scary.

Most mothers remain in the workforce, but 24 percent of married mothers with children under 15 were stay-at-home moms in 2004; that’s up from 20 percent in 1994.

Newsweek finds a mother of three with a master’s degree in science who returned to the workforce to do a job she enjoys: delivering pizza.

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  1. There’s a lot of those moms where I live (McLean VA). You can see them screaming at soccer games. They’re also the ones who buy out all the tickets at events, simply because they can get their earlier than those families in which both husband and wife work. They act like they do you a favor to give you the time of day; the unstated message is: “I can see you’re not executive material, and you’re the type of person who would be a flunky in the company I used to work for.” A good lot of them where I live have held their kids back a year so they’re one year older when they start kindergarten, thinking this gives their kids an edge in school and in life.

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    I was fortunate in being able to let my wife stay home. Of course, the guys who gave their wives 2 weeks off for childbirth are all retired at their seaside cottages while I, at 74, still struggle, but who counts.

  3. Indigo Warrior says:

    A good lot of them where I live have held their kids back a year so they’re one year older when they start kindergarten, thinking this gives their kids an edge in school and in life.

    But none of them would have considered homeschooling. That would rob their kids of the chance to bully their way through life.