Mom is the central character’s name. It is almost a paradox that she is the central character because her life is about putting everyone else in her family first. Her name is Mom because she has lost herself in being Mom. Her name is Mom because she is not one woman she is every mother in America, every Mom who has struggled with motherhood. She is every Mom who has ever felt overwhelmingly frustrated with her children. She is every woman who has ever felt that America propagates the myths that being a mom is blissful joy and that being a mom is the highest calling for a woman. I love being a mom. I love my children. But I’m calling society out on the lies about motherhood because I love myself first. What if we as Moms used our power as the bedrock of society to change society’s predominant myths about women and motherhood? It won’t cure our culture of sexism, but telling the story “The Private Life of an American Mom” is a start.