|That’s me…sitting in my lap of luxury.|
What a crazy afternoon! Instead of nap time today, a cameraman from NBC Nightly News came to my house with lights, camera, and some action to get my opinion on the “Mommy Wars” debate. SO not the typical day in the Smith household. (See the clip here or watch below.)
The reporter came to talk about the latest Stay-At-Home vs. Working Mom controversy which erupted on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 last night when democratic strategist, Hilary Rosen, said that Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, had “never worked a day in her life” and didn’t understand the economic realities of most American women.
I know the Romneys might have a car elevator in their beach house, but I still believe Ann worked extremely hard raising 5 sons. I think Hilary was dead wrong…and I’m a liberal. I can only wonder what conservative women are saying.
As I am about to have baby #4 next month, I realize how hard I work everyday because I have chosen to stay at home with my kids. My husband and I have made too many sacrifices to count but it is all worth it to us. Sure we’d like a new car, but we want a new baby even more. But that’s us. It’s our choice and may not be right for everyone.
As for not understanding the economic outlook because I’m not in the working world, that’s just not true! I am acutely aware of money going out simply because I’m not bringing money in. Every time I go to the grocery store or meet a friend for coffee or write out the preschool tuition check, I think about now it will affect my family’s bottom line. I think most moms who don’t work outside the house probably feel the same way, even if they are in families with more means than mine.
The bottom line is that stay-at-home moms do work…HARD…and we’re not all rich either. We understand what’s going on in the world, and contrary to what people like Hilary Rosen believe, we don’t live in some cloistered bubble that would keep us from being a good advisor to our husbands. Don’t underestimate the value, importance, and votes that us “non-working” moms can bring.
See Hilary Rosen’s comments that ignited this most recent Mommy Wars fire storm below: