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  1. Oh, I know. It really irritates me with my sister tells me I have plenty of time to do things, and wonders why I don’t get them done. Ugh! (And you wonder why I complain about her.) lol

    She has no children, btw, but “her cats are her children.” One of which is currently banned from the house. Now how is that even remotely similar to parenting? The cat is the same age as my oldest (16), I can’t just ban him from the house no matter how much I may want to at times.

    Comment by Jan — Monday, May 2, 2005 @ 11:37 am

  2. It’s certainly true that stay-at-home moms work hard. But as a single mom with a challenging career, I can’t help thinking it would be a bit easier to drop one of my two “jobs”. I have it easier than many single working moms, since I have a high enough income to afford help (not a full time nanny or maid, but someone to cut the lawn, etc.), but that also means that much of what I earn gets spent on buying out my time. I guess we’ve all got problems.

    If anyone has ideas on how to word the question to women on whether they “work outside the home”, I’d appreciate it. Even those of us who very much want to ask that question delicately don’t always know how.

    Comment by Ann — Monday, May 2, 2005 @ 2:52 pm

  3. I think it is appropriate to ask whether someone works outside the home or not, as there the emphasis is one where the “work” is done.

    The two formulation that I hear that I think are problematic are the aforementioned “what do you do all day?” and “do you work?”

    And yes, life is full of work, to be sure.

    Comment by Steven Taylor — Monday, May 2, 2005 @ 3:50 pm

  4. I agree - it sounds corny and awkward, and it leaves out those that have extra jobs in the home (I have a relative that works for IBM from his home), but asking whether someone works outside the home is the best I’ve been able to come up with.

    Comment by Ann — Monday, May 2, 2005 @ 5:09 pm

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