This month, Dr. Laura Schlessinger published her new book, In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms, which focuses on women taking care of their children as full-time mothers. There are many critics coming after her book based on the notion that women should be defined by their careers. Giving up your career to become a full-time mother would just be throwing women back into the patriarchal cycle, right? Dr. Laura disagrees, especially if the woman is making her own rational decision to leave her career. This is a different view from the typical feminist thought on stay-at-home moms.
More and more career-focused women today are reaching their late 30s and realizing that they feel unfulfilled because they have never slowed down to have a child. Women are leaving work and starting families later than usual. I liked Dr. Laura’s comment in her recent Wall Street Journal interview in response to a question of when a mother should return to work. Dr. Laura replied simply with “never.” She argues that when the child is home, the mother should be home because children need a support system at home. As morals slip and problems like “sexting” are on the rise, a stay-at-home mom may be just what families need to stay grounded.