Staying-at-home is a topic of conversation this week thanks to some idiotic statements about Ann Romney not working a day in her life.
Let me first of all say this. I am not a Romney fan.
Let me also say this - most of my friends are work-outside-of-the-home moms. Very few of my friends are stay-at-home moms.
There are work-outside-of-the-home-moms who do a fabulous job. There are those who don't. There are stay-at-home moms who do a fabulous job. There are those who don't.
But whatever is said, do not say that stay-at-home-moms do not work. I work just as hard (if not harder) with being at home than I did while I was teaching.
Also, I have several friends who have said to me, "I could not do what you do." They say this for a variety of reasons. Temperment/personality. They like their job. They like (or in some cases need) their double income. They would go crazy being stuck at home all day without adult interaction (I get this. Believe me - I get this.) So I am not offended by this statement. And I hope they would not be offended if I said the same, "I could not do what you do," to them. Because I couldn't. I really love my current job. Sure, they pay stinks. No vacation time, no medical insurance benefits. But I'm good at it. And it fits my personality. And somehow (well thanks to the grace of God, The Hubs working his butt off AND going back to school, and some help from family) we are surviving on one income.
So please don't say that stay-at-home moms don't work. And I won't say that work-outside-of-the-home-moms don't care about their kids. Because neither is true. So let's be okay with each others' choices.