Dr. Laura: Praising stay-at-home moms, or insulting moms who work?
Say this for radio personality Dr. Laura: she inspires strong feelings, among her fans and among her detractors.
Hip Mom writes:
I hate the entire stay-at-home/working mom debate. I really do. It's unwinnable and does NOT NEED to be won by either side. It's not a contest. All moms work hard, all of us. We all love our kids. A lot of moms work because they have no other choice.
Here's the thing, though: Hip Mom hasn't read the book. Neither have I.
On Amazon.com, a reader from California offered her review:
Dr. Laura's new book In Praise of Stay at Home Moms is a blessing for us mothers who choose to stay home with our children. We need some recognition and praise for the sacrifices that us moms make. My husband works a full time job for very little money. He also tries to make some extra money on weekends so that we can barely make ends meet. We are not "LUCKY" to be able to stay home with our children, we made the choice. We eat PB&J sandwiches, drive crappy cars but live a very nice and happy life. If I went to work, we could have a lot more stuff that we don't really need...
Another reviewer, this one from New York, had the opposite opinion:
I was appalled to see Dr. Laura on the Today Show promoting this book. HOW DARE SHE imply that working mothers are selfish and should stay at home! I worked hard for my degrees - B.S. in Education, M.S. in Literacy, so I am a very educated person. The decision to be a working mom was an educated, well-thought out one. I want to give my children every possible opportunity and in 2009, that can only be done on 2 salaries. We live in a moderate house, and drive moderate cars. We do, (GASP!) enjoy going out for meals with our children and taking them on vacations. We do not over-indulge them what-so-ever. A child will grow up to be a well-respected adult whether their mother worked or stayed home. It's QUALITY VS. QUANTITY..."
This reminds me of the formula feeding v. breastfeeding debate I ventured into recently: families make choices based on any number of factors, and the last thing any of us needs is to be judged by someone who's not in our shoes.
No judgment intended against Dr. Laura: as I said, I didn't read the book. But I have a general question: is it possible to praise stay-at-home moms in 2009 without insulting moms who work?POSTED IN: Rafael Olmeda 2009 (47)