Author Archives: Maria Guido

Labor Pains: My Parenting Choices Aren’t Choices Because I’m Broke

Labor Pains: My Parenting Choices Aren't Choices Because I'm Broke

I’d like to think that my parenting choices are just that — choices. But at the end of the day, my parental behavior is determined by my paycheck.

The media “mommy wars” are never-ending. There is always a new parenting debate that begs us to choose sides. Co-sleeping or not? Daycare or not? Nanny or not? Extended breastfeeding or not? These questions aren’t parenting questions. They are questions of money. We take the sides we have to take. Well, I won’t speak for anyone else. I’ll just say I take the sides I have to take — because I am broke. More »