First Daughter Ivanka Trump has gotten a lot of flack for her new book, “Women Who Work: Rewriting The Rules for Success,” in which she talks about motherhood and work-life balance.
Trump, a mother of three, writes about how she chooses to make time for her husband and kids while being a working mother, all while ignoring her innate privilege as a wealthy, white woman. According to PEOPLE magazine, the business woman writes about individual time with each of her three children, Arabella, Joseph and Theodore.
“I put real thought into coming up with ideas for memorable moments I can create with each of them,” Trump writes in her new book. “Right now, I play with cars with Joseph, on the floor, for 20 minutes each day. Arabella loves books, so I make a note to read at least two per day to her and plan ‘dates’ to the library. With Theodore, I commit to ensuring that I can give him two to three of his bottles each day and rock him to sleep at night.”
The book was written prior to her father winning the 2016 presidential election and, since then, some things have changed for Trump. In a recent panel for National Small Business Week, she said that she’s thrown out the idea of a work-life balance.
“I don’t even strive for it anymore because I don’t like to intentionally set myself up for failure,” Trump said at the event. “I did that, probably the first two years of my daughter’s life, but I’ve actually chilled out a bit on this front.”
On social media and in the press, Trump talks a lot about finding time with her children but rarely about the household staff that makes it possible.
The First Daughter has been somewhat of a controversial figure for women’s issues, but has said she’s an advocate for paid parental leave and affordable childcare. Despite Trump constantly defending her father’s view on these topics, the president has shown little interest or effort toward implementing any positive change for working families in his budget.
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