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Monday, April 07, 2008

The Secret Life of a Soccer Mom

I'm back from Spring Break and want to talk about an article that caught my eye while on vacation. It was about Tracey Gold and her new gig: host of TLC's new show, The Secret Life of a Soccer Mom. It's a reality series that airs 10 p.m. Mondays and shows stay-at-home moms what their lives could have been like had they pursued their careers.

Here's the pitch for the series: This new series offers those women a chance to answer “what if” when it gives a full-time mom the chance to secretly live the life she gave up to raise her family. During this season, viewers will meet women like Adrian, a mother of three who dreams of making it big in the fashion industry; Kathryn, who met her husband in culinary school and now wants to see if she can handle the heat of a professional kitchen; and Jeannie who wonders if being a police officer – like her husband – will be as rewarding as raising her four children.

This is the link to the trailer for the show: <http://www.bark-bark.com/tlca_009/approvalfinals/TLCAslsm_FINAL.mov

I haven't watched the show, yet. I like the premise, but here's what I hope the series tackles:

  • Conflicts that arise when a child's class play, field trip, award ceremony arises on the same day of an important work meeting, business trip or project deadline.
  • Conflicts that arise when the dreaded call comes from a school nurse to come pick your sick child up pronto. (This could include negotiations with spouse over who has more flexibility that day or would most risk losing their job)
  • Office politics that make you ask yourself whether the aggravation is worth the income.
  • Decisions about child care coverage for school holidays and summer vacation and/or manager reaction when you bring your child with you to work.

Those are a few that come to mind off the top of my head. If you've seen the show, let me hear from you. I promise to weigh in again after I watch it. Do you feel a half-hour series can do justice to the life of a working mom?

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