I read The Price of Motherhood by Anne Crittenden recently and I found it fascinating. I really liked how she sliced through the traditional SAHM vs "working mother" debate by intelligiently writing about the disadvantages ALL mothers face in our society. Like Anne Crittenden, I've also felt like I've become invisible as soon as I say I'm a stay-at-home-mom. People always say "How great!" and then flee from me and find someone more interesting to talk to. I also like how she pointed out that when women control the money that comes into their household, the children always benefit. Before reading this book I sometimes felt like I was not contributing to society by staying home with my children. Our society pays lip service to mothers but really our work is seen as insignificant, childcare is seen as "unskilled labor" even though our children will grow up to run the gov't, practice medicine, pay social security taxes, etc. Every year on our tax return, I list my occupation as "mother" but this year I'm tempted to write "unpaid laborer." Excellent, thought provoking book.
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12/9/01 at 6:39pm