Did anyone read this article in Marie Claire? The article is called "Murder in the mothers club" and is about the pressure on young mothers in Japan, especially in the playground and kindergarten, where mothers form "mommy cliques" while their children are on playdates. The cliques have a head mom and crazy competition to stay accepted. And because these women all don't work, this clique (as well as their husband's job status and children's performance) is their whole life. The article is about 2 moms who went bonkers after feeling excluded and seeing their kids feel the consequences (slighted by the other kids and not allowed to play in the same sandbox) and killed the other mom's kid(s)... One of them stopped getting along with the "leader mom" around when her own child didn't pass the 2-year-old kindergarten entrance exam and after her kids got shut out of play time, snapped and strangled the boss mom's daughter. I showed this to my BF and said that this is insane, and he said oh, makes sense to him. Where he comes from (suburb in Cali), lots of crazy moms are inches from that.