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Sunday, May 11, 2014

the worth of a mother by Carolyn

Something troubled me about a show, Working Mothers, aired on 20/20. I finally got it---there was a contradiction expressed in statements by two separate persons:
  • The psychological need to be a breadwinner
  • Children are our most important resource
It implies that a person not receiving a paycheck is not contributing his/her share. It is too bad that a mother’s worth is defined only in terms of the paycheck they bring home and not in their overall contribution to the good of society.
Another contradiction:
  • Parents not earning a paycheck are not pulling their weight
  • Parents (or others) caring for non-custodial children have more worth because they earn a paycheck