Dear Dr. Laura,
I have been my husband's girlfriend for over 10 years, and my kids' mom. We have two daughters: a 1 1/2 year-old and a 7 year-old. I have been listening to you since I was a teenager when my mom was listening to you.
A few weeks ago, I was pushing my youngest in the stroller to pick up her sister from school. While waiting, I watched and giggled as my toddler played on the playground. She giggled climbing the steps. She laughed going down the slide. She said "uh-oh!" when she fell on her tush. I cherish all of these precious moments.
A woman began talking to me, as if she knew me. She mentioned the family she nannies for and about her day. She asked me about my clients.
"What?" I asked, confused.
"Oh, aren't you the nanny?" this woman asked.
"No." I said. "This is my daughter, and we are waiting for my other daughter to be dismissed from school."
She then told me she nannies for two little boys, 3 and 6, and sees me at the park, biking, AND playing in the yard with one or both girls. She then continued saying since I always drop off my daughter in the mornings and pick her up in the afternoons, she assumed I was the nanny. She thought I was the nanny because I always have one or two children in tow at all times!
I "look like the nanny" because I spend so much time with my girls walking, playing, and running errands? Dr. Laura, this is so sad!!! What does this say about our society?
Thank you for being a voice for us stay-at-home moms! Thank you for all you do and all you stand for. You have helped me in so many ways. But most of all, you have helped me be a great mom to our girls and a strong warrior's woman to my hunk of a husband!