I was listening when you spoke to an 18-year-old girl about how important it is for a child to have a mother vs. paid help. You told her she was “brainwashed” because she had not experienced a mother who raised her (she had a nanny or day care as a child). Well I have a story to share that’s the flip side of that one:
While out walking with my 20-year-old daughter, who was home for the weekend from college, and my 18-year-old son, a senior in high school, we passed a playground where twin boys, around 2 years old, were playing in the sand, while their 2 nannies chatted nearby. On our way back from our walk, we passed the nannies and boys again. One of the little boys was sobbing, and my son said "That's so sad". I responded to him, "I know, the poor little guy probably fell down at the park." He said, "No, Mom. It's so sad that it's a Saturday and he has to go to the park with his nanny. It's so sad that his mom didn't take them out and play with them like we used to do."
Dr. Laura, I was a stay-at-home mom for 20 years and returned to work this year. I work for a very family oriented company, and am fortunate to have a job so close to home and hours that work around my family's schedule. I would not have traded those 20 years for any amount of money. It’s been my greatest joy to have been there for my kids. I am happy to know that my being there for them has "brainwashed" both of them so their kids will also have a mom to take them to the park, kiss their boo-boos and love them completely.
Thank you for all you do to for our families!