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Work vs. Stay at Home
Which side of the fence is right for you?
Here, a balanced look at both.
Mrs. Linklater smirks. Balanced? Probably not. The number of women who have a choice between working and staying home
is an upper middle class issue. Most women are working because they
have to. So this is a pretty elite crowd. Married to traders, lawyers,
dentists, guys who can sock it away. And sock it to their wives when
they get tired of them. So this isn't a balanced look. It's a narrow
The benefits of working full-time
Although you cherish your child, you'll appreciate that not everything in
life revolves around her. Working also keeps you in the game career-wise
and stimulates you intellectually.
Mrs. Linklater has done both. She preferred being home with her
children. Because when they're young your life should be about THEM.
And going to the zoo beats marketing meetings any day.
The best reason to continue working fulltime has nothing to do with
keeping your mind from turning to oatmeal. It's all about socking
money FOR YOURSELF into a 401K and Social Security, assuming Cheney
doesn't spend it on hunting trips.
A lot of women may keep working because
they define themselves by the careers they have. So they'll come up
with any excuse not to give up their identity. Kids be damned.
Women who stay at home without a paycheck have NOTHING being put
away for them, except in their hubby's account. Historically, husbands
don't have a great track record sharing in the long run. Esepecially if
there's a divorce. If a woman stays home, her husband should be
able to call the money he gives her a salary, from which contributions
to a 401K and/or social security can be made.
For your kids: Your child may learn to do things for herself earlier and faster than the kids of stay-at-home moms.
Oh, horsesh*t. The operative word here is MAY. The flip side of that is MAY NOT.
For your marriage:
Keeping the spark alive may be easier than if you stayed home, because part
of you -- the savvy working woman -- still resembles the person your partner
working 12 hours, including a plane trip to the home office, racing
home, shopping for food on the way, supervising homework and falling
into bed with your clothes on to keep the spark going.
Oh, you're talking about the two per cent of working moms who have
nannies and housekeepers to do the heavy lifting, while savvy career
babe is choosing a sexy nightie for bedtime. Not likely.
I guess the perks of staying home are coming on tomorrow's welcome screen. I can hardly wait.