In recent years, time and resource intensive parenting recommendations made popular by books like William and Martha Sears' "The Baby Book" may be changing the definition of good parenting and putting additional performance stress on working mothers. At least that's what author Erica Jong claimed in her scathing 2010 Wall Street Journal essay, "Mommy Madness" [source: Jong].
The fact is, though, that every woman has a right to choose her own style of child-rearing and establish priorities when there are conflicts between work and home. One of the definitions of equilibrium is balance or equal distribution. A vital part of finding a comfortable balance between career and baby is in discovering a style that works for you, your child and your life in general, and being satisfied with it regardless of the latest childrearing fad.