Letting Them Have It on Fox News

November 6, 2007 at 11:58 am 2 comments

On Fox News (ch. 5) this morning at around 9, there is going to be a lively discussion about single women choosing motherhood. The now-perennial debate has been stirred up by a new book, Knock Yourself Up, by Park Slope writer Louise Sloan, who is one of the guests. Also on board is Nancy Nisselbaum of Forest Hills, uber-mom to a six-year-old son.

Nancy is one of many single mothers by choice (SMCs), or “choice mothers,” who live in the Forest Hills area (along with substantial numbers in Manh. and Brooklyn), and I’m always happy to find them because they tend to work harder at friendship and community building than most people. Why is that?

Because parenting is all about resources. If there are two good, highly functional parents, terrific. If not, one parent (esp. one who has her act together financially) can pull it off quite well through an ongoing effort to create stable and overlapping social ties for both parent and kid. Frankly, far fewer married couples operate along this principle, even though it is a wonderfully sane way to raise children (and yourself).


Entry filed under: community, parenting, timely topic.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mara  |  November 6, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Not for nothing, but why would you title the book “Knock yourself up” if you are trying to appeal to women? I understanding the marketing of it (obviously) and it’s appeal to an outlet like Fox, but that term is decidedly derogatory toward women.

  • 2. karbeth  |  November 6, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    Agree that the title is all about selling books. I’d guess that it targets younger women, for whom nothing is sacred. I hear the book is a fun read.


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