June 16, 2005
Mom The Terminator
Good. God. Almighty.
I invite you, if you will, to read this article about one Isabel Kallman, who seeks to be the Queen of the Alpha Moms. Honestly, I'm not altogether sure this piece isn't some kind of parody, a lampoon of Alpha-Mom stereotyping. Otherwise, it's truly horrifying.
Not to put too fine a point on it, this woman is a raving nutcase. Her son is on the path to doom. And her husband, who seems like a more level-headed, although pistol-whipped type, at some point is either going to leave her or drink himself to death.
Yips! to Joanne Jacobs, who has the highlights of the article nicely condensed.
UPDATE: Susan Konig on Beta Moms and Gamma Dads. Now this is the way it's supposed to go. Or at least the way it goes at our house......
Posted by Robert at June 16, 2005 04:16 PM
Poor "Ry Ry". That kid's gonna have a nervous breakdown at age 3 because he's not living up to expectations.
I love the tone of the article, though. The author is definitely lampooning her - without her knowing it.
"Here’s where it gets interesting, though, because after ten years on Wall Street, Isabel felt something missing from her life: passion. She had begun talking to Craig (her husband by this time; she liked his drive, too) about finding a new product, when the discussion somehow got knotted up with having a baby."
There's a subtle snark in the tone, and I find that VERY satisfying.
I feel like saving "Ry Ry" though, and letting him run free through a sandbox, and be a little grubby kid with cuts on his knees and stuff like that.
this would be the funiest thing i've read in donkey's years if it wasn't so horrifying. i'm SOOOO sorry for that poor little boy; does anybody actually LOVE him?
the best--and the worst--bit is the 'takes a village' angle: super-mom, who is telling everybody what about a job she isn't actually doing. so why stop at a nanny and a babysitter tho--why not hire a wet nurse to complete the team? or why not really do it up right--rent a uterus. only after careful research, of course.
Eek. A baby was “something we really dedicated time in our schedules for.”
Remind me never to practice in New York City.
Poor little boy. He's not a family member, he's a freaking ACCESSORY!!!!!!!
The poor kid's going to become a drug addict.
I think you mean Omega Mom.