Mad Max is taking a break from blogging today, and he is working on his jumping skills to impress all the tot ladies ... so Train Wreck Mommy here!
We are taking a break from our regular "Thursday's: Kids, Tweens, and Teens" to bring you a topic that of course indirectly affects kids, tweens, and teens!
I'm sure many of you heard about the new Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer. If you just Google "Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer" you will get plenty of articles. But she's receiving a lot of focus and debate because she is 6 months pregnant and due in October with her first child. (Just like me ... well second child for me!). The issue of working versus stay-at-home Moms, parenting philosophies, and more continues to be a hot topic with many differing opinions.
So what is YOUR opinion about a woman taking a high-powered position while pregnant and expecting her first child? We can all only imagine that a CEO position is very demanding. So this also all goes back to the (also very active in the news), "can women have it all?" I also heard that she plans to take 3 weeks of maternity leave.
In my opinion ...
First, kudos to her for being hired to a powerful position (and while having a family)! And kudos to Yahoo for hiring a pregnant woman. Kudos to her for seemingly trying to have a successful career and family life.
On the flipside, I think it's very unfortunate that the media is even discussing this topic because this would never be discussed if they hired a man (that had a wife expecting their first child). So can men "have it all" and women are just criticized for it?
Although at the same time, I do understand why this topic is coming up. What is the most challenging aspect of motherhood to me? Balance: myself, myself + husband, myself + child, myself + husband and child. Not to mention everything else adulthood throws at you! But I am definitely not alone. I'm not sure about how men feel, but this is a hot topic among women. I've really been enjoying A Cup of Jo's series on this: Motherhood Mondays.
Now I don't know Marissa Mayer's exact circumstances (for all I know she could have worked out a flexible schedule), and we all have different opinions on what it means to be a good wife, parent, and career woman ... but I personally could not even imagine only taking 3 weeks maternity leave. I think 12 weeks is WAY too short! Although I am very driven also, I don't think I could accept a position such as hers knowing how much it may take away from my life and my family (18 years of a child's life goes fast!). But that is just me. I don't know that I would have said that before I had Mad Max. It's hard to imagine how you will feel until you are going through it yourself. We can all assume that she has plenty of money to get the help she needs, and maybe Yahoo is going to be flexible / family-friendly. Although even if I had all of the money in the world, it might make things slightly easier ... but I don't think it would completely fix the balance issue. And some might argue that her job won't be much more demanding than other jobs ...
So what do you think? What do you think about the new Yahoo CEO's decisions? Do you think women can have it all? What about men? What does "all" mean to you? How do you find balance in your life? Do you have balance? Leave your comments below!
Now a quick sneak peek at our blog post tomorrow from Sadie! It'll be from Sadie and all about Sadie! Don't miss it.
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