Perceptions of ethnic mothers, particularly from the past, suppose that these child protectors cater to their children's every need without provocation. Stereotypes, however, do not always reflect reality especially when women work outside of the home. This chapter is dedicated to an Arab woman and a Jewish one who did follow popular conceptions of mothering. Gishie Bloomfield married and was the mother of three daughters. Yet, as a mother, she was distracted and consumed with other things such as the store she ran with her husband, her investments, rental property, and community activities. Elsie Nasief, meanwhile, neither married nor had children in an era when Lebanese girls did so (the 1940s and 50s).
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