I just read a book review in the New Yorker of yet another book about whether women should work or stay home with the kids. Fitting for a book on such an oft-told topic is its re-used title, Feminine Mistake. This one is by Leslie Bennetts. I guess all the FM books have different subtitles, but even so.. This one apparently concludes that women should work.
Isn't it obvious that for some women and their families, working is the best option and for others it is staying home with the kids, either for a short or long time? I use the term 'best' in the sense of best for their happiness and overall family well-being, not because of economic requirements to make a salary. Working was and is the best option for my family and me, but I have friends who are enjoying their choice to stay at home for a few years while their kids are very young. We are all different, and there is no one answer for everyone.
8 months ago