My husband is in the military, and we're at a rather remote base. Because it's so remote, I joined the Facebook page for spouses here to network, find out about activities and so on. On a DAILY basis, some woman is posting looking for a daycare to take her kids. More often than not, the child is either a six WEEK old, or a 1 or 2 year old, and they're looking for full time childcare. These women sound desperate and will plead for just about anyone to take their kids. I get tears in my eyes thinking of these poor children and their lack of "mommy" in their lives. The daycare on base is full, and the rule is if the temperature is at least 10 degrees (we're in a cold climate), the kids play outside three times a day!
I'm not yet a mother; I'm a stay-at-home housewife. We are living off one income, so that when a child comes along, it will be an easier financial transition. I'm also a member of our local base book club, and when it's my turn to choose the book, my choice is going to be "In Praise of Stay at Home Moms
." I know there will be backlash, anger and putdowns, but I've learned from you that it's all because of their guilty feelings of not being mothers to their children. I'm prepared to go to bat for the book, even if I can reach just ONE of these moms. What you do every day for mothers, wives and families is priceless.
Your forever grateful listener,