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In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms

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4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

THE BEST FOR STAY AT HOME MOMS

"IN PRAISE OF STAY AT HOME MOMS" THIS IS A WONDERFUL BESTSELLER THAT DR. LAURA HAS WRITTION AND IT IS A VERY SPECIAL BOOK FOR SOME VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE. THIS WILL DOCUMENT THAT STAY AT HOME MOTHERS ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING AND KEEPING THEIR CHILDREN AT HOME AND FINDING ...
"IN PRAISE OF STAY AT HOME MOMS" THIS IS A WONDERFUL BESTSELLER THAT DR. LAURA HAS WRITTION AND IT IS A VERY SPECIAL BOOK FOR SOME VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE. THIS WILL DOCUMENT THAT STAY AT HOME MOTHERS ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING AND KEEPING THEIR CHILDREN AT HOME AND FINDING A BETTER WAY TO STUDY A FINE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION WHEAN IN FACT THERE IS A SCHOOL NOT AVALIBLE THAT CROSS`S THERE PARENTS FAITH AND VALUES. DR LAURA HAS AMAZING RESEARCH THAT CLEARLY SHOWS THAT IN THIS SUPER PAGE TURNER THAT THESE SPECIAL MOTHERS BRING IN GREAT EDUCATION FOR THEIR FAMILY AND IT TRULY MAKES THEM A GREAT LIFE. THIS BOOK CLEARLY GIVES A BETTER UNDERSTANDING . GIVE A GREAT GIFT FOR A FRIEND OR A FAMILY MEMBER SHARE AN EMAIL ABOUT THIS BOOK.

posted by stormsTC on March 27, 2009

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Isn't it time for women to stop judging each other?

I am so tired of people who think that they know what's best for everyone else. I have absolutely no problem with stay-at-home parents (notice I didn't assume they were all mothers); on the contrary, I have the utmost respect and admiration for them -- there is truly n...
I am so tired of people who think that they know what's best for everyone else. I have absolutely no problem with stay-at-home parents (notice I didn't assume they were all mothers); on the contrary, I have the utmost respect and admiration for them -- there is truly no harder job out there. But it's not right for everyone. Dr. Laura has made a career (and millions of dollars) out of simplistically deciding what's "right" for people and judging them harshly when they don't fit into her neat little concept of "correctness." Everything she says seems to be a blanket statement with no concern for individual differences, i.e., mothers know "staying home to raise their children is the right choice for the whole family." A qualified psychologist wouldn't utter such black-and-white statements.
Having a stay-at-home parent is a great choice for many families, but not for every family. Some families couldn't survive financially without two incomes. Some families only have one parent, for one reason or another. And some parents (such as myself) have personalities such that working outside the home actually makes them a better parent. Everyone has to make the choice that is right for his or her family. Until stay-at-home moms stop judging moms who work outside the home, and vice versa (it does go both ways), women will not have achieved true freedom. I hope someday people will be able to respect the choices of others, but as long as people are listening to the likes of Dr. Laura, that day is far away.

As far as the effects of stay-at-home vs working-outside-the-home parents on the children, it's all about quality vs quantity of time spent with the children. I'm a pediatrician who sees a couple dozen kids a day in my practice, and neither group of kids (those with stay-at-home parents and those with working parents) is less well-adjusted than the other. I see fantastic families in both groups, and unfortunately some families with lots of problems in both groups. The scientific evidence supports this as well.

By the way, if all stay-at-home parents were like the previous reviewer ("stormsTC"), we're all in trouble. I cringe to think that she (I assume she's a woman)is home-schooling her children, when she can't even write a coherent sentence herself. Yikes!

posted by docbaker on April 6, 2009

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