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Beta Mom

  • By: Luca Prono
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Beta Mom types represent a reaction to Alpha Moms, the generation of college-educated women whose goal is to reach excellence in motherhood through the application of their experiences on the workplace to parenting. Contrary to Alpha Moms, Beta Moms do not desire to be perfect, overachieving mothers who have perfect, overachieving children. On the contrary, they believe that Alpha Moms' attempt to manage the home as a corporation may be ultimately damaging for the child. As TV journalist René Syler put it in her Good-Enough Mother: The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting, a new type of mother is emerging, one that has learned to prize practicality over perfection and to reject the view of motherhood as a contest. Beta Moms also call themselves Slacker Moms ...

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