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It’s a Girl!

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Andrea Buchanan (Literary Mama's Managing Editor who is currently on hiatus) is winding up her blog book tour for It's a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters. Highlights from the blog tour can be found on Andi's personal blog.

Learning to Write, her essay from the book, is excerpted in her current Mother Shock column on Literary Mama.


Jen Lawrence is an MBA and former banker who left the world of finance for the world of sippy cups and goldfish crackers. She writes about her experiences on her blog MUBAR (Mothered Up Beyond All Recognition). She is an Editorial Assistant for Literary Mama’s Reviews section and also contributes to the Literary Mama blog. Her work has appeared in The Philosophical Mother. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two children.


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Interesting. She took one line of your comprehensive thorough-going review and went into a long defense of Herself, while creating a humorless, sexless straw figure of you (and anyone who might agree--so that's me too I guess.) The element of choice is where it all lies but doesn't always happen. I didn't choose my car: the car shop for someone with bad credit chose it. My clothes come from thrift stores. We eat generic cereal. I can't topple a company by not working there because I can't get a job right now with all the holes in my resume. When I do re-enter the workforce so that there can be hope of college for the kids and retirement for us, my skills will have to be overhauled in some official capacity. More school loans no doubt. I could go on and on, but just sayin. I haven't met many SAHM's who chose it so much as stumbled into it for a variety of reasons, and for whom it is a transition state. I am trying "desperately" to make this transition state meaningful. But it is not a career. One of the things that astounds me about those who embrace raising children as a career move is that kids. grow. up. And then what?
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