Are mothers still the heart of the home?
Do they spend the majority of their time there, making home a cozy and comfortable place? I picture the old fashioned American wife hanging out clothes on the line, canning, or weeding her vegetable garden.
Or do we have a generation of away from home mothers? It's easy enough to see moms driving to work in the morning, driving children to school, taking their kids to sports and activities, working out at the gym, or picking up food for dinner. Mothers at home? Not so common.
In 1900, 6% of married women worked outside the home. By 1998, it had increased to 61%. Of women with children under the age of six, 12% worked outside the home in 1950 and 64% in 1998.
It's sad that women don't raise their own children anymore. There is something about daycare and preschool that just can't compete with the organic element in the family. And what about husbands? Many poor men have to come home to a wife who is probably more exhausted than they are after working all day AND THEN taking care of children and housework, not to mention preparing dinner and making a comfortable setting for his arrival home.
And what about working women? Is it really satisfying to make a salary that is mostly used for work clothes, her own car, daycare, hairdressers, eating out, and other work supplies. Is this really satisfying to a wife and mother, the so called heart of the family?
The heart is essential. Maybe married women should think about this more and about their role in a happy, functional family. Women are strong, but not when they try to have feminist strength. "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world."