IN THIS ECONOMY momming is a profession . . . with business cards?

I grew up in the 80's when moms sported big shoulder pads and went out and made it happen in offices. Kids like me made friends at daycare and learned to make our own mac and cheese after letting ourselves into the house after school. I don't have any complaints. Hey, I got to watch Press Your Luck in peace every day at 4:00. 

When I grew up and had my own baby, my perspective changed. All of a sudden I wanted to stay home, bake bread, learn to sew and keep an eye on the precious little cargo I slaved so hard to create. At first I felt lucky. I mean one income? Wow, I must be married to a big dog!
As I chat around my play group I'm beginning to realize there are some disgruntled stay-at-home-moms. They either lost their jobs or unfortunately realized their salaries didn't make sense with the cost of daycare - and they are chomping at the bit to get back out there. Maybe shoulder pads are out, but feeling relevant to the greater world outside training pants doesn't fade.
And guess who has picked up on this vibe of wanna-be professionals - those temporarily unemployed moms operating under the guise of "homemaker"? Retailers. Of course.
I'm a little disgruntled myself at Shutterfly for some tricky pricing ($14 hidden shipping and handling fees on 15 cent prints! Hide your wife!) so I'll pick on them. They are marketing "mommy cards". These are business cards women can have drawn up with their name, phone numbers, available play date hours and mommy blog address. 
It sounds like it would be up my alley, but I just can't get into business cards. I already suffer every time I go to an event and people want to treat me as a "professional" and ask for my blog card. I suppose I do have a nice little audience going here and ever so often I turn a buck. But business cards are everything I don't want to be - stiff, official, reachable. 
Has momming become so serious that we require business cards and professional networking to "get ahead", or do women just not know how to channel that competitive energy outside the office walls? 
I like to think of momming like I saw in black and white reruns, back when I was a latch-key kid stuffing pizza in my face alone in front of the TV - momming that is full of cheer and relaxation! Lipstick! Pretty aprons! An occasional afternoon cocktail and the company of neighbors! I want to be the type of mom who doesn't need the validation of Corporate America, what with the divine vegetarian roast a-cookin' in my swell kitchen (play along) and a purdy pitcher of Tang on the buffet.
Relax, moms. It's a wonderful life.
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This lady did not need a pesky business card to meet up with Ethel Mertz.

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  • Great post and agree wholeheartedly. Moms should enjoy it while they can. You can always go back to work once they leave home. Leaving work is NOT the end of the world...though I did cry lots when I first left. Momming is so much harder than dealing with adults and functioning in an organized, predictable office. But it's a hell of a lot more rewarding, don't you think? I also think I love it because I had a choice to do it or not; if I were forced or expected to stay home, I don't think I'd like it nearly so much. I also like to keep the peace at home, so that home is a relaxing environment, which does not mean we don't squabble or don't do chores because we totally do, but I am much more patient and flexible with my husband and kids than I would be if I worked outside the home. Better for everyone.

  • In reply to jtithof:

    Well, I guess it's not all iced tea and pincurls, but thank God I don't have a boss telling me what to do. Ha- unless Jimmy Greenfield counts ;)

  • In reply to jtithof:

    I don't get it either. The only way I will keep a business card is if I have/ever get that good WAH job. I guess I wouldn't fit in with that playgroup either b/c I'm just the opposite- I can't stand WOH!

  • In reply to kimmygintx:

    The girls are cool, I just don't share that pain. Although if I *really* didn't share that pain, would I report to this blog every day? Ten-four.

  • In reply to VelvetMinxx:

    Good point. Now I'm wondering if everything I said is BS.

  • In reply to jtithof:

    No way, our lives are totally hard. Please pass that memo around to our husbands - Christmas is coming up and I'd like something SParKLy!

  • In reply to jtithof:

    Yeah, the mommy cards kind of make me laugh. The whole mommy blogger revolution is kind of crazy. I understand it, because I am one of those sometimes disgruntled housewives who really does miss the satisfaction I got from work, but it's still funny, even if I thought I wanted to be part of it for awhile. Good post! :)

  • In reply to chibbz:

    Hey, if you want to work, then work! Do what makes you happy. I think so many women just spin their wheels being unhappy because they're "supposed" to do this or that. I know because I've been one of them. (See: that degree I'm still paying for :/)

  • In reply to chibbz:

    Your writing style cracks me up. I love it!! It's Kim, we met at the Gilt Groupe breakfast. Why has it taken me over a month to realize I needed to create an account to comment? I'm overworked!! Great post. Mommy cards?! I don't get it, can't moms just exchange numbers and emails and be done with it?

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