This post bothers me. It's the whole fulfilling the female sexual role issue. That a woman is not complete until she's a mother, and being a mother should be enough. But the author is looking at other jobs and classes, and feels guilty about it. Why should she feel guilty for wanting a little bit of fulfillment outside of the house?? This problem is one part of attachment parenting theory (more so in what I call extreme attachment parenting) that nags at me. Our children are not there for us to live vicariously through. We can learn a lot about ourselves and who we are as a person through our parenting, but what happens to a child who is made the ultimate center of a mother's life? What happens to a woman who depends on her child to bring her complete happiness and satisfaction? There can be a balance between our lives as mothers and our lives as women. Ugg. Validation indeed. What about validation as a woman? Being a mother is only part of the whole.