This O.P. is not based on research but based on personal accounts. My mom stopped working soon after my younger sister and I were born in order to
help raise us. I think it did quite a lot of good, because she could pick us up from school. We were also able to socialize after school with friends
because my mom could pick us up and she was home. She could also take us to our friends' houses.
Also, without work, she was able to care for us and provide us with things like healthy snacks after school or homework help. Later on in life she
broke her leg, which never healed, and became depressed and started napping a lot but she was still around.
My parents would take me out on camping trips and my grandparents were involved in my life too, doing things like taking my sister and I on a trip to
Yellowstone or going hiking / fishing.
I was just talking to a friend of mine whose parents both worked and basically ignored her while she was growing up. She would take the bus home and
watch television and do homework and had little to no social interaction outside of school. She hardly ever had friends over, and her mom and dad
would both come home late from work and eat dinner and go to bed. This seems like quite the empty childhood, and it is affecting her as she gets older
- she is now in her later 20's, as am I, and she is having trouble forming relationships. Her parents' divorce also affected her quite a lot, and her
mom would date guys while she was growing up, too.
What do you guys think about moms staying at home? Is it strange that both parents have to work to support a family these days? In the past, it seemed
like the dad could go to work and support the family while the mom stayed home. I am not opposed to the dad staying home. I just wonder what happens
to all of these kids who come home and watch TV after school by themselves, or go to child care services after school until 5:00 or 6:00...
What kinds of experiences have you had or seen?
I am very thankful my mom stayed at home to take care of my sister and I. We have autism, as well, so it is even better that she did.
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