Cosmos - A SpaceTime Odyssey Episode 1
Cosmos - A SpaceTime Odyssey Episode 1
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I have been a stay-at-home mom, a working mom and a work-at-home mom. All three have their advantage, all three have sacrifices. Here are some wonderful commentaries on the work/life balance that so many women, and men, face.
I am not a fan of the phrase, “having it all” I don’t think any adult has everything they want. I don’t beleive that men “have it all”. I think most of us figure out what we really need and begin to compromise from there. Here are what some bright, sometimes funny, always insightful people have to say about those compromises.
The Matt Walsh Blog got 3 million pageviews in two days and over 12,000 comments when Matt took aim at those who denigrate the work of SAHMs. In his take no prisoners soliloquy it is easy to see why readers flocked to him, “I shouldn’t need to explain why it’s insane for anyone — particularly other women — to have such contempt and hostility for “stay at home” mothers. Are we really so shallow? Are we really so confused? Are we really the first culture in the history of mankind to fail to grasp the glory and seriousness of motherhood?”
While the piece isn’t strictly on being a SAHM, Rosa Brooks, Georgetown Law professor and former advisor at The State Department, opines on why she hates Sheryl Sandberg and why having it all has to go. In her sometimes funny, always thought provoking piece she admits that she might have liked Ms. Sandberg if as college classmates that had met, but she doesn’t like her message, “We need to fight for our right to lean out, and we need to do it together, girls. If we're going to fight the culture of workplace ubiquity, and the parallel and equally-pernicious culture of intensive parenting, we need to do it together -- and we need to bring our husbands and boyfriends and male colleagues along, too. They need to lean out in solidarity, for their own sake as well as ours."
takes a hard cold look at the economics of being a SAHM. They cite the fact that women who stay home can be forfeiting at least $1 million and explore the option of a post-nup. They suggest that any woman considering leaving the workforce, during what might be her highest income earning years, might come to a legal agreement with her working spouse about what would happen in the event of a divorce. It is hard hitting stuff, not easy ground to tread in a marriage, see what you think...
takes on the tough topic of SAHM marriages and the research that shows a higher divorce rate. She shares her own story, “To say that those who stay at home with their children don’t face pressures each day is laughable. When my children were very young, my husband worked 80 hour weeks and was rarely home. Caring for two children under the age of three, alone, for hours on end were some of the most stressful hours of a my life.”
Here Ashley Nelson turns the magnifying glass on her own life and on the high toll any career break and even having children without a career break can take. The picture she paints is bleak, “Even minor career breaks have dire economic consequences. Over a lifetime, women lose 18 percent of their earning power by leaving the workforce for only two years. A 2011 Harvard study revealed that female MBAs who took “a job interruption equivalent to 18 months” earned 41 percent less than male MBAs.”
Finally, Last summer I shared my misgivings about being a stay at home mom (see photo) and the many missteps I took along the way. While I gave 9 reasons for regretting abandoning the workplace my biggest was, "I lowered my sights for myself as I dimmed in my own mind what I thought I was capable of. I let go of the burning ambition I once held because I didn’t feel as though I could hold it and three babies at the same time. My husband did not do this, my children did not do this, I did this."
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