Friday, April 13, 2012

Quote Of The Day

I'm a stay-at-home-mom...and I could write a book.

I live in a middle-upper/middle class suburb--and there are many SAHMs around here. All I can say is that there are a quite a few SAHMs who don't "stay at home" a lot! They hire babysitters and are out getting mani/pedis and shopping for strappy sandals. Their kids are often watched by nannies, and their homes are cleaned by housekeepers.

I'm sure this is politically incorrect to even say these things--but there are two kinds of SAHMs and anyone inside these circles knows that. The first group--actually stays home with their children; the second kind doesn't have a job because she doesn't need a job as the family is wealthy. These women really aren't SAHMs.
True, they don't work. Also true, that they have kids. However, they aren't working at home because they have people to do that for them. Having a nanny, a housekeeper, a gardener and someone to run your kids to all of their activities--isn't YOU being AT HOME.

I have seen this outsourcing happen with people who make low six-figure incomes. So, please don't tell me that someone who is worth hundreds of millions of dollars isn't doing the same. Is someone really going to really try to score political points by suggesting that Ann Romney made chicken nuggets for lunch, watched Barney with her kids and was home with them full time during most days changing diapers and spraying Shout on grape-juice stains? Come now!

I don't begrudge stay-at-home moms who choose to outsource. But please, let's not call yourself "stay-at-home moms" just because you have kids and you don't work outside the home. If you aren't spending the majority of your day hours taking care of the kids--then you're not really a "stay-at-home-mom".

If Ann Romney did spend most of her time at home, then I'm sorry for mischaracterizing her life. However, if I'm right--she needs to quit calling herself a stay-at-home mom for political gain and feigning outrage because Rosen told the truth about Ann never working a day in her life.

Stay-at-home moms work very hard, and so do the moms who work outside of the home. The point of this entire debate is that Ann Romney is in NEITHER of those categories and she should quit pretending that she is--for political purposes.

-- "CoffeeCat," commenting on the different types of stay-at-home-moms, in response to this post about a call to Stephanie Miller's show from Anne Romney's ex-nanny.

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