Last week I wrote a post about some of the benefits that children of working mothers enjoy. Or, rather, the benefits that my children have experienced as a result of my choice to work outside the home.
I was inspired to write that post after watching my four year old daughter attempt to make scrambled eggs in the microwave by herself. As I was wiping the egg yolk off my kitchen floor, I couldn’t help but marvel at the idea that she had even tried to complete such a task on her own. My hope in writing that post was to encourage other working mothers to notice the things their children have picked up as a result of growing up in a home with a working mom.
SKL, a frequent and always thought provoking commenter here, questioned whether or not discussions like this are still necessary. Her original comment was:
“With all the empirical data and experience out there, an objective and honest person really can’t categorically say a working mom is “bad” for kids. I could see this being a vigorous discussion 30 years ago, but now? Why do we still need to ask this question?
The real question should not be “should we work,” but “how should we go about it.”….”
She went on to explain her thought process further in the comments of that post, and I encourage you to read them.
The original sentiment of her question is one I have been going over and over again in my head.
Why do we keeping talking about whether working outside the home is OK? Or good? Or bad?
Are we doing a disservice to ourselves by continuing to defend our choice to work?
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