Comparative Essay: Mothers With A Divided Heart

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Comparative Essay: Mothers With A Divided Heart

Kathy O'Reilly April 3, 1997 Comparative Essay

The importance of raising children to be productive members of a rapidly evolving, achievement oriented society, is paramount to the success of the family and the global economy. At the same time, the stresses of every day individual economic and personal fulfillment needs are a significant counter force. This force works against the available time and effort required for mothers to successfully nurture their young. It has resulted in societal "Mommy
Wars", pitting the working mom against the stay-at-home mom, in a battle over which model offers the clearest path to nurturing success. Bridging the gap requires each to accept that
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Furthermore, the strain of not bringing in money for a better standard of living can lead to self-doubt and isolation. That feeling of insecurity can be put to rest, however, with the peace-of-mind that comes from knowing that the child is being well taken care of. Stay-at-home moms have the opportunity to become more involved in the children's school activities as well. This can be important to both because it shows interest in the child and that leads to higher self-esteem for the child. This way of living is beneficial for the children as well because there is only one set of rules to follow. The children feel a constant unconditional love from their own parents that is unlike any other love. Children can thrive with a routine and rely on the stability they feel when they have mom to count on "being there" all the time.
Staying home to raise a family is healthy for the family to grow together and to support each other's roles.

Family support is important, however, working moms are often viewed as deserting their children in order to have nicer cars and homes. They are said to "want it all." Yet at times, they are denied "it all" in the work place specifically because they are moms. Working moms experience the stress of being pulled in so many directions, it is like living with a divided heart. The pressure of economics that force many

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