Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Jay and I tell our B that she will be a wonderful mother, but first comes college and hopefully a graduate degree. At this point she agrees, hopefully she will stick to it. I think there is nothing wrong with a woman being a supportive wife and stay-at-home mom, in fact it's an important role in many families. I also believe that before she does that, she has to have a taste of independence and an education. You know?


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

There's absolutely nothing wrong with a woman being a stay-at-home mom and supportive wife, but I think that she should learn to take care of herself first, and have something to fall back on in case she needs to support herself. There was a mom at T.'s preschool years ago whose marriage fell apart and she had a) no college degree and b) had no work experience at all. Suddenly she was a single mom with no skills and she things were very, very difficult for her. As you say, it's important that we teach our young daughters about the importance of gaining the skills they need FIRST. Then, of course, they can decide whether to stay home, or work out of the home, or other options.