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Friday, January 19, 2007

Don't Let This Happen to You
Every parenting couple has a method of coping when children or parents are sick and must stay home from school or work. In traditional families (even when the mother works full time), it is commonly Mom who stays home to care for ill kids and Mom who must do all of her usual parenting duties when she herself is sick. This blog entry is a classic example of such inequality, written as if such a mother deserves a badge of honor or a 'Moms rock' high-five. When mothers settle for this martyrdom and then blog about it to the world, I wonder what secret benefit they are getting from it. What if their husbands actually stepped up and wiped away their reasons for complaining? In all fairness, the blog author here may be a lovely person and not a martyr type at all, but the story she tells is one that begs sympathy rather than a real solution.

When both parents equally share childraising and breadwinning, this stuff just doesn't happen. If your child is sick, you take turns staying home (or pick specific days of the week that will be yours to stay home). If you are sick, your spouse takes over what you aren't up to doing. Both careers are consistently sacrificed, but only half as often. No complaints here!


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