After my post yesterday, I feel the need to thank you all for your thoughtful, kind, heartfelt comments (except for the Anonymous snarkers...really, can't you stand behind your words?).
I've gotta say, my eyes were opened...and while I still stand by what I first said, I'll say, you made me think! It is totally correct, that it is the "mothering" that is what is important...a mother who stays home but carts her kids off to manis, pedis, and all sorts of other "mom" time isn't a "better" mother just because she stays home.
Just like a working mom who spends oodles of her free time teaching her kids values and building a strong foundation for them, is a fabulous mom...even though she works.
Remember, friends...I AM one of those moms. I work. In no way was I trying to offend anyone, I include myself in the working moms group.
I like how Kate said that kids get hugs and kisses when they get to daycare and then again when mom or dad picks them up...double the kisses! That's fabulous!
I also recognize that for some families, there is an absolute need for two incomes and/or for mom to work. Stay at home dads are the bee's knees, too. And sometimes, it's better for everyone if dad stays home, instead of mom.
So, to recap...I appreciated everyone's insightful comments (if you get the time, you should read them!!)...you made me realize it's a lot more complex...but, I still stand by what I said.
I think...*insert tongue in cheek*...that shall I ever run for President, my main platform will be: "One Parent Left Behind". ;)
But, if I ever run for President, we'll all be wearing really, really warm parkas in a place that is all fire and brimstone. So, no need to worry yourself unnecessarily.