One day a mother and her three and a half-year-old daughter were approaching a daycare center. The girl turned to her mother and asked her this question: "Mom, is it against the law for you to stay home?" There was another little girl that would never talk whenever her mom took her to the babysitters house. The mother consulted child psychologist Eleanor Wiesberger. She asked her why she thought that the girl wouldn't talk during her stay. Wiesberger asked the girl about it and the little girl said "Tell mommy to tay' home"(2). Stories like these are heard far to often from children whose mothers work outside of the home.
Mothers have a very big responsibility. They have a lot of big decisions to make. Some decisions are harder and more important than others are. For instance, one of the big decisions a mother must make is whether to stay home with her children or to go back to work. In this paper, I will give reasons why a mother should consider staying home with her children during their early years of childhood.
In the book Woman at Home, author Arlene Cardozo tells of one feminist theory that says, "Children are no reason to stay home. The man is a parent too and he doesn't stay home with the children why should the wife?"(4). This may be a valid statement but is it the right kind of attitude to have?
The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles from the LDS church have put out a statement called "A Proclamation to the World." One of the points they make in it concerns the fathers and mothers and each of their roles. It reads "By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousnes...
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...ments are the moments that will make everything you gave up, such as the high paying job, seem minimal compared to everything that you've gained. (12)
Ainsworth, Mary D. Salter, and Silvia M. Bell. Attachment, exploration, and separation Chicago, University of Chicago Press 1970. pg. 41, 49-67
Benson, Ezra Taft. "To the Fathers in Israel" Ensign November.1987: 49
Bowlby, John. Physchiatric Implications in Bereavment Chicago, Charles C. Thomas. 1974. pg. 160
Cardozo, Arlene. Woman at Home New York, Doubleday 1976 chp. 1: pg. 10
Sullivan, Nancy and Catherine Whitney. Loving Each One Best New York, Bantam Books 1996 chp. 10: pgs. 177-189
Weisberger, Eleanor. When Your Child Needs You Maryland, Alder & Alder 1987 chp. 1: pg. 1-9
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