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June 19, 2006

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Madonna

I read this article titled "US Mothers Deserve $134,121 in Salary". (http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1916891) It is about a study that puts a dollar figure on the work a woman does at home. It reflects just how much work the at-home mom does. It also gives statistics of how much time an employed mother puts into her job and her home. The article quotes Bill Coleman, senior vice president at Salary.com, "It's good to acknowledge the job that's being done, and that it's not that these women are settling for 'just a mom.' They are actually doing an awful lot."

I truly believe the at-home-mom is not getting credit for all the work that is required of her. I did not grow up in a Christian home. But, I'm sure glad my parents chose to have my mom stay home when I was growing up. There was nothing better than coming home and seeing Mom!

Jen H

You have presented a well-articulated case here, Carolyn. I really appreciate the calmness and thoughtfulness in your writing. And isn't it so true when you said, "What makes public debate tiresome these days is that when two worldviews clash, one side is usually blind to its own zeal to proselytize." Feminists like Ms. Hirshman promote a lifestyle for women, instead of being liberating, that is actually more burdensome and tiresome. I just wonder, if they advocate for women to choose and make their own lives (pardon my layman's terms here), why isn't being a stay-home mom and wife an option? That's just a question I've always had. Anyway, we don't realize it because of our sinful nature, but life is just so much more liberating when we abide by the word of God. Indeed, the truth will set you free. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Rebecca

I enjoyed your piece. Would you care to discuss how society and political groups can be more supportive to the family?
Compared to other countries, the US has a much less family friendly environment (work and non-work related) In addition, there are almost no political groups who represent young parents to lobby for family friendly laws i.e. nanny visas, 1 yr maternity/paternity leave etc.

Thanks

Lenise

Rebecca, those types of benefits you mention are expensive. The reason European countries have begun adopting these sorts of measures is twofold:
1 The birthrate in these countries is very low (so they can afford to spend more on each baby), and 2 They want to boost the birthrate, so they adopt these policies as incentives for people to have children.

On the other end of the scale is China, not the US. Thankfully, that is not on our horizon.

Robin Contreras

Dear Carolyn,
Thank you for such kind words to mothers. This was an encouraging blog to read.
--A pastor's/missionary's wife and a mother in Mexico,
Robin Contreras

miller_schloss

"Perhaps it is because after the Industrial Revolution, the home shifted from primarily a place of production to a place of consumption. Therefore, it was deemed wasteful for women to be there."

Wow, wow, wow! That is a revolutionary explaination of why people devalue stay-at-home wives and mothers (esp. stay-at-home wives). People think they're just CONSUMING at home, not PRODUCING. Wow! I am working on a post about stay-at-home-wives, and I will definitely link here.

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