Via 11d, I read "Jane Galt's" take on the Mommy Madness articles. As you might guess from her pseudonym, Jane is pretty negative about the idea of government intervention to address any of the problems that Warner mentions. But then she writes:
"The economic pressure affecting middle class families seem to me to come largely from seeking scarce resources for their children: housing in good, safe school districts, and a good college education."
I think that's basically right -- and that's also what Warren and Tyagi argue in The Two-Income Trap (discussed here). It's easy to make fun of moms who are so obsessed about their kids that they stay up all night hand-painting paper plates for a preschool party. It's not so easy to make fun of parents who line up at 4 am for a shot at a charter school to get their kids out of DC's failing public schools.
Galt argues that no amount of government redistribution is going to change the fact that the people with the most money (and power) are likely to win out when it comes to a bidding war over scarce resources. Fair enough. But she accepts as a given that decent, safe schools are a scarce resource. And I don't.