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12 May 2006 @ 03:07 pm
Debating a mother's worth  
Once in awhile on "Wife Swap" I see a husband who acts like a parent doling out an allowance to a kid when he gives his stay at home wife some cash. She, of course, has to beg for this money. He never seems to get that his wife is saving the family a lot of money by making the sacrifice of staying home and raising the kids, running the house, and doing a thousand other thankless and unpaid tasks. If that wife were suddenly to disappear he would have to hire a nanny and a housekeeper at the very least. One could imagine 30-40K being spent on that.

So I was interested to see that Salon's blog "Broadsheet" had a post directing our attention to a debate about the actual value of what the stay at home moms do.

At least people are talking about it, whether or not they agree on the numbers.
 
 
 
Tapatitapati on May 14th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
It's true that men should be expected to help out in schools too, if working mothers are expected to.

I think in good marriages they don't sweat this stuff but if there is already a problem with mutual respect in the marriage, then these economic and work equity issues become bones of contention.

I'm glad I don't have one of those kinds of marriages. :)

You're right, no marriage is better than a bad one.