We Hear You! Letters from Our December 2011/January 2012 Issue

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While in the past I have always found your Editor's Letter to be spot on, I was shocked at your latest letter, which included: "...she looked at me like a marathon dieter who'd just eaten a three-layer chocolate cake." I can assure you that marathoners do NOT have to worry about eating a three-layer chocolate cake or ANYTHiNG else, with the exception of one very athletic publisher/competitor I know who is anorexic and starves herself even during competition. I just wanted to set the record straight on that.

The Joan Rivers, "Can we talk jewels?" piece was the funniest thing I have ever read in MORE. Bravo. What a coup!

I continue to subscribe because you continue to be excellent. For a while, I was worried you might be getting Seven sister-ish, but thank God you're not! It's a great book and you do a great job. Thank you.
--Margie

I just sat down on my couch at 9pm on a Thursday night after returning from a two day work trip in NYC but in time to attend my daughter's 5th grade concert and read your Editor's note for the December issue. I have to say if I read one more article from a working Mom whining about how hard it is to work and balance kids when they have full time help whether it be a live-in or live-out nanny I am going to scream.

Your story of feeling guilty about having your sitter go and pick up your son, on one hand I get it, but what about the MAJORITY of working Moms who actually have to leave their jobs to go and pick up a sick child without any outside support.

I have yet to read an article about the women who struggles with taking time off of work to take care of a sick child, attend a teacher conference or participate in a school activity. We are the women who are truly doing it all and feeling proud, guilty and stressed each and every day. We are the women who fight to gain the recognition at our jobs when our professional performance is as good if not better then our male peers. Yet it is our male counterparts who seem to get the recognition because they are "seen" in the office more than the working Moms.

So please, please at some point do some stories on working Moms who really, really do it all.

Could you also consider highlighting clothes and products that are under $100. I would love to see more budget friendly options.

Ok thanks for listening...off to read more of More...
--Jean
I read your article about work/life/balance, etc. In the end you asked of a bad-mom story. Have I got one for you!

I will never forget it. I am a single parent, of a now 13 year old boy (God help me). In any event, when he was about 2 years of age - I always dropped him off at day-care. Our ritual would be he would cry/scream and hang on to my leg until I left. I would pry him off then go to go to the window where we would meet. He would put his little hand on the glass from the inside, and I from the outside. It was the sweetest thing. Well one day, I was driving to work, 1/2 way there when I realized I never went to the window. I turned the car around went back (prob 10 minutes later), there was my son still standing at the window with his hand on the glass, sobbing. Thank God I turned around.

I have tears typing this. It still to this day, breaks my heart.

Juggling/balance - I don't know where to being, I work a full time job, run a household and take care of my son. There are days when I have a pity part, but for the most part, I'm doing okay. I just do it, because I don't have any other options. It's me or it doesn't get done. So I guess the juggling is just within my mind of what to do next.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and Happy Holiday's.

How's that for a terrible mother story.
--Lisa C.

I really enjoyed your recent editorial about work/life balance, particularly the idea that "balance only happens over a lifetime." So here's one of many of my "bad mom" stories. Looking back, I was way out of balance!

First Published November 23, 2011

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Avis Evans01.22.2012

I just finished reading the article "To Tell The Truth" by Amy Bloom. This piece really spoke to me because I usually struggle with when to speak and when to be silent. When I'm silent it is always for one the two reasons mentioned:don't hurt feelings and avoid an angry confrontation. I have come to realize though that not speaking makes me angry and resentful and makes me pull back. I speak to the other person by writing my thoughts/feelings.

ALISA Sever01.11.2012

I agree with Rhonda re: some articles on second weddings. Info online is definitely lacking, and I'd like to know some other readers' stories on planning and hosting. It seems a second round is occuring for many of my friends in the 45-55 age range, happily so!

Maryann May12.18.2011

I love the cover of the December/January issue. Queen Latifah has never looked more radiant! What a terrific role model she is for young women...strong, passionate and determined.A true inspiration.

Sue 12.11.2011

Re: don't-miss SEASON'S SCREENINGS in Dec2011/Jan2012 issue. I realize there is only so much room but I was disappointed that Michelle Williams in "My week with Marilyn" wasn't mentioned as a holiday film. It opened Thanksgiving weekend and was excellent. What criteria is used in making the selections? I'm really going to be embarrassed if it was mentioned in MORE's previous issue. Thanks.

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