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Working Mothers
As sometimes happens (ok fairly frequently happens in my life) two or three separate incidents that are completely independent have brought a topic to mind to write about. In this particular case there was a "Dilemma" show on the radio, an article in the Chronicle for Higher Education, and a reading assignment for my friend's son P. The topic is "Working Mothers".
Rant on Views of Working Mothers )
Of course the ideal situation would be for BOTH parents to work from home and take turns interacting with the child(ren) while working part-time until the child(ren) are in school and then work full time with flexible hours. However, we are not at that point in this country.

The second place ideal would be if people realized and acknowledged that raising a child IS work if you do it right (setting boundaries, enforcing them fairly without cruelty, enforcing them consistently no matter how tired/frustrated you are, changing the boundaries as the child's needs change, etc.) ... and that isn't counting all the work that most 'non-working' parents are expected to do (balance the checkbook, maintain the house, cooking, cleaning, shopping, laundry, vacation planning, etc.).

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