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I don't know about you, but I am feeling the pressure to alpha up my life a bit.
First, we had to be alpha moms, completely conversant in the latest techno-gizmos, hot vacation spots, parenting trends and nail polish colors. Alpha moms had to be connected, concerned and influencing our peers 24/7. We had to somehow put ourselves and our kids first, never settling for second (or beta) best. Type A meets Martha Stewart meets Mary Poppins. The alpha mom was the woman of the moment.
Until the Alpha Wife showed up.
Yup, according to a recent analysis of census data from the Pew Research Center, 22 percent of all wives now make more money than their husbands. A sizable chunk of wives, more than 20 percent, are more educated than their husbands too. In short, we're smarter and richer, yet somehow, we're still doing more housework than ever. That doesn't sound very alpha to me, but it has a lot of people atwitter about the rise of the power wife.
Is it possible to be both an alpha mom and an alpha wife? Frankly, that sounds exhausting, but I am sure that there are capable women who are everything alpha.
"Where could I alpha-up my profile?" I've been asking myself. Perhaps there are a few categories where I qualify:
Lian Dolan is a mother, wife, sister, friend, daughter, writer and talk show host. She writes and talks about her adventures in modern motherhood for her website, ChaosChronicles.com , and her weekly podcast, The Chaos Chronicles.
Published on February 17, 2010