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Dr. Laura Praises Stay-at-Home Moms

Tuesday, 14 Apr 2009 08:05 PM

By Jim Meyers

Best-selling author and radio talk host Dr. Laura Schlessinger tells Newsmax that women should strive to be stay-at-home moms because children need to learn life’s lessons from them and not from the “hired help” in day care.

Dr. Laura's latest book is “In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms.” Newsmax TV’s Ashley Martella asked what motivated her to write this book.

[Editor’s Note: Get Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s new book, “In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms” — Go here now.]

“All the calls I’ve been getting and letters I’ve been getting from women struggling with that little inner voice that’s telling them they want to be home and be mommy, but they feel so guilty for giving up work,” said Dr. Laura, who is also a regular Newsmax contributor.

“It’s so strange. It sounds so turned around.”

[Editor's Note: Watch Dr. Laura Schlessinger discuss the courage of stay-at-home moms - Go Here Now]

That guilt comes in part “from their own families, from their husband, from their community, from their girlfriends who tell them they’re wasting their lives, day care is just fine,” she added.

“It’s been so difficult for these women that I thought they needed something to help them with the transition and with the experience and with the esteem that should go along with it.”

Martella asked: “Do you think some stay-at-home moms are looked upon in a disparaging manner by some elements of our society and maybe by the media as well?”

Dr. Laura responded: “All you need to do is to go on the blogosphere and see all the working moms sections, and it gets pretty mean. Women go to events and somebody will come over and say, ‘What do you do?’ ‘Well, I take care of my kids.’ ‘Oh, so you do nothing.’”

Schlessinger offered praise for “women who make the sacrifices and deal with the difficulties of taking care of kids because it isn’t just being there, it’s raising them . . . You want them to learn life’s lessons from you, not from the hired help. I’ve always been amazed that women would want to believe that the hired help was equal to a mother’s love and attention.”

Martella asked if in the current economic climate, with a husband facing the possible loss of his job, it is feasible for a woman to be a stay-at-home mom.

“Sometimes people just have to suck it up and change their standard of living and have their priorities in order,” Dr. Laura said.

“But sometimes it’s not feasible, and that’s a great sadness.”

[Editor's Note: Watch Dr. Laura Schlessinger discuss the courage of stay-at-home moms - Go Here Now]

[Editor’s Note: Get Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s new book, “In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms” — Go here now.]

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