Originally Posted by Nate
Oh, and it's NOT about having a big house, 2 cars, fancy vacations, etc. It's about having our own home in a semi-decent neighborhood, w/in walking distance of playgrounds & parks, w/ neighbors that dd can play w/; having a car that doesn't break down every month; being able to buy organic food so that I don't worry about pesticides in her diet (not to mention in the environment); and visiting grandparents occasionally. (And saving for college & retirement, having health insurance, etc.)
One thing my working mom taught me by working is that women can be career women and raise a happy family at the same time. She taught me true work ethic and it's probably the most valuable gift she's given me. At no point in my life did I ever feel like I didn't need to or have the right to work -- because I saw my mom do a FANTASTIC job of working in a high level corporate position and STILL be the best mom in the world to me! We did EVERYTHING any of my friends with SAHM's did.
I am absolutely not trying to say working moms are BETTER than SAHM's -- I am a SAHM right now! I'm just pointing out, and agreeing with you that they love their children just as much as a SAHM does. And, they do not make the choice to work (in most cases) so that they can drive a BMW and live in the ritzy part of town.