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Stay-at-home parents need a break from snow days

Empty swingset covered in snow
Empty swingset covered in snow
K. Derrick

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  • Beverley Smith 4 years ago

    Many parents who are away from home earning ask at-home moms to tend their kids on snow days, school holidays and any other emergency and it is part of a kind society to do this pinch-hitting. However the press is usually all about how hard it is on moms in the paid labor force if they have to take the day from work to be home, or how stressful it is to set up alternate plans. It is heartening to see anyone notice that it is also stressful for moms at home to have a new crop of kids arrive at the door and particularly as often happens, to be asked to tend them free, as a favor. Mothers at home are already the backbone of many communities doing volunteer work, coaching, visiting the sick and elderly, at block parent safe house kids can turn to if their own parents aren't home. It is time we look on this minor issue of snow days in the larger economic context of what society tends to take for granted about some women's work. It is time to recognize that the role of the mother at home is as valuable, skilled and economically vital as is the work of any preschool worker, any childcare employee and sometimes of any nurse's aide. It is time we stop saying that mothers at home are 'staying' at home since their role is far from passive or lazy. It is time to stop saying they don't work. They do. Society always just takes them for granted, just even more so on snow days.

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