Book review: 'Choosing Motherhood' is a look at the role of moms, successful women

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  • EKH Belmont, MA
    May 6, 2013 5:11 a.m.

    @Jans -- Good question. I was involved with this book. Many of the authors left jobs to raise kids, but a handful of the authors of this book work outside the home in some capacity, including me, and two even juggled full-time careers. Several authors wrote about the choices associated with work once they became mothers, but to me, this book is more about following the promptings that leads you to start a family. It's an odd choice for a young, bright, and ambitious woman in the community we're coming from, even if you still work in some capacity. We're trying to offer encouragement there.

  • chinookdoctor PASADENA, CA
    May 6, 2013 12:57 a.m.

    I don't think somehow I have chosen any less path of "righteous" motherhood because I am not staying at home. My Yale degree and million dollar education to become a physician scientist have actually only made me, personally, a better mother than I think I would have been without them. I'd be interested to read this book, but honestly, if it is written by and about women who chose to stay home, I think I'll find it about the same as Relief Society discussions in which some woman, at some point, backhandedly denigrates my choice to pursue a career and be a mother. I am really happy and my family works. I don't need a prophet, God or anyone else to agree with that. The fact that I happen to have asked my Heavenly Father what He wanted for my life and then He put me on this path is my story, but it may not be another woman's. I don't care for all of the judgement in the church about motherhood and the assumption that there is really only one way to be a righteous mother.

  • jans Pickerington, OH
    May 5, 2013 10:18 p.m.

    The article is unclear as to whether this book offers an support or validation for women who, with their husbands, make family a priority, choose motherhood, and also maintain some aspect of their "career" if they have talents and interests in that direction. Is choosing righteous and faithful motherhood mutually exclusive from having a public presence/career? I understand that we want to encourage women and men to raise families and make their family the top priority, but the way this article is worded, it seems like women (and their husbands) who choose any other arrangement of work-family balance are kind of being dissed. Hmmmm.