April 15, 2012 8:40am CST
I'm sure you've all heard Hillary Rosen's remarks about Ann Romney never working a day in her life. I'm sure that Rosen has worked very hard but she apparently never worked hard enough to raise a child. People are saying the Romney children were raised by nannies but they weren't: http://www.politicker.com/2012/04/13/mitt-romneys-son-defends-his-stay-at-home-mom/ I resent Rosen and others who diminish my work raising my sons. My husband and I sacrificed a lot so that I could stay at home and be there to make a home for our sons and my husband. We didn't have to eat fast food several nights a week and I was always at my sons' activities and involved with their school. I supplemented their education when the history books failed, played with them, didn't use the TV as a babysitter (only 1/2 hour a day so I could take a nice bath and that was Mr. Rogers!) and taught them to hunt, fish and generally be independent. Can daycare do all that? When did raising your own children become something to be despised? When did having a career become more important than being with your children? I remember women saying "I'm only a mom" when asked what they do. Women used to say that proudly but it's become something that is denigrated and looked down upon since the "women's movement" infected family life. I know that some women have to work. But the ones who don't, who won't make financial sacrifices to stay home with their children, they miss out on the best part of life. Why is that admired? What do you think about staying home to raise your children? Please, no indignation about having to work--I know many have to and I'm not criticizing them. It's the ones who choose to let others raise their kids that I'm puzzled about.