Sunday, June 17, 2007

In praise of Ward and June

Says here 31% of married moms with children under 18 are at home with the kids.

Are we a dwindling number?



Blogger Elizabeth said...

Interesting. Though it doesn't make any mention of the children's ages or how many hours the employed mothers work a week. I've always thought that the ideal set-up for me would be to stay at home until my child starts school, then work part-time during school hours until the child reaches a more independent age.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Hats off to the 31% who stay home and do the often derided chores of the mundane(i.e. changing diapers, wiping noses, cleaning up vomit, breaking up fights, and picking up the house 4,000 times a day). They are also the extraordinary ones gifted with being the first ones turned to for comfort, for outstreteched arms, for a lap to snuggle in, and a myriad of other priceless weights of influence and nurture. Its a shame that our culture ridicules and belittles such places of honor. But it is no surprise. We've become shallow, coarse, and make excuses when we can.

"Men who change diapers,” the site proudly proclaims, “change the world.”

My husband taught me how to change the firstborn's diapers. I had no clue. Has he changed my world? You bet!

7:30 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

elizabeth, I was thinking the same thing re: break down by child's age. I went to the BLS website to see if it was an easy find. Alas, not easy enough.

Fingers crossed for that perfect 8:30 to 2:30 job while the kids are in school.

dana, my husband was very intuitive with the kids as well. he gave my oldest her firt bath. As he has a sister 11 years his junior, he was the expert at it.

8:31 AM  

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