Dang it! I was trying to find a photograph that accurately depicted what a stay-at-home mom does everyday, but I couldn’t find a picture of a mom folding laundry while cooking a nutritious meal, while nursing the baby, while driving her children to their respective sports practices, while scheduling a doctor’s appointment for her husband, while conducting a PTA meeting, while mowing the lawn, while paying bills, while shopping for groceries. So I made this instead.
Why all the fuss? Yesterday, Hilary Rosen, a Democrat strategist accidentally pissed off every SAHM in the country…even though some of them don’t know it yet, when she indiscreetly tweeted that Ann Romney, a SAHM of 5 boys, had never worked a day in her life.
Now, of course, I understand the point she was trying to make, although not the rationale behind it, but this is a hot button issue for SAHMs and it’s a horribly unfair bias/misconception that they’ve been dealing with for at least 30 years…the idea that caring for your own children full-time isn’t “real” work (now if you were caring for someone else’s as a low-paid daycare worker, that would be, you know, cool).
I’ve been both a SAHM and a working mom and I can say without hesitation that in my experience, being a SAHM is far more rewarding, and at least as much work as being a “working” mom. Did I mention the volunteer coordinators for every organization you or your children are involved in who call you for every volunteer position that opens up because “you don’t do anything else anyway?” Yes, these words or words very similar have been spoke to me. More than once. Over a span of years and by different people. I only mention this to point out why this is such a sensitive issue. I’m not bitter or anything.
Anyway, thanks are due to Hilary Rosen. She’s managed single-handedly to unify and energize the conservatives on Twitter in a way that Mitt had so far been unable to do himself.
Note: Ann Romney is now on Twitter. Follow her.