Katy Read: Staying home to raise kids - priceless (but with a cost)

  • Article by: KATY READ
  • Updated: February 12, 2011 - 5:17 PM
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martytoilFeb. 12, 11 3:58 PM

Katy, you did the right thing, it is society that has failed you.

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wunderdudeFeb. 12, 11 4:15 PM

Didn't you get a divorce settlement?

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snakepliskenFeb. 12, 11 5:35 PM

Krugman's a smart guy but putting a lot of merit into that quote is unwise. It's just complete speculation and defeatist in nature. Yeah, it's tough out there but it is improving. I prefer keeping control of my own destiny rather than listen to yet another analyst who will change his tune at the drop of a hat in order to get more hits on a story.

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kate0311Feb. 12, 11 6:15 PM

Katy, thank you for your editorial. My heart breaks for you. I am not going to say you did the wrong thing. I would have done the same if I had been able. In my case, I must confess that, while there were times I resented having to work when I wanted to stay home, given my husband's current unemployment, I am incredibly grateful I stayed on the job. Women are faced with tough choices, and it seems none of them are right. On top of that, folks are quick to judge us for the choices we make. My heart goes out to you. I wish you the best.

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patrickjdFeb. 12, 11 6:53 PM

I approached this article like an employer looking to hire a writer. The quote: "Just having kids is bad enough." Strike one. Then she mentions The Center for American Progress (George Soros) and Paul Krugman. Ok, she's a Progressive who will stir up trouble in the workplace. Strike two. "I'm making my house payments, for now." Katy is well off so others less fortunate should get those jobs that she applies for. That's what "spread the wealth" means. It means that I can hire someone cheaper than Katy-strike three.

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a1batrossFeb. 12, 11 7:13 PM

I approached the last comment like an employee looking for a boss: I'd rather be unemployed and homeless than work for a boss like that.

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snakepliskenFeb. 12, 11 7:23 PM

I approached this article like an employer looking to hire a writer. The quote: "Just having kids is bad enough." Strike one. Then she mentions The Center for American Progress (George Soros) and Paul Krugman. Ok, she's a Progressive who will stir up trouble in the workplace. Strike two. "I'm making my house payments, for now." Katy is well off so others less fortunate should get those jobs that she applies for. That's what "spread the wealth" means. It means that I can hire someone cheaper than Katy-strike three. posted by patrickjd >>>>>Fortunately, it's obvious that any scenario which would put you in the position to hire anyone is complete fantasy.

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dachieftanFeb. 12, 11 7:33 PM

Good reason to remind your kids to marry someone who is going to stay with you for life...not punch out when times get tough, or when the next big thing comes along.

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cochranjasonFeb. 12, 11 8:08 PM

Great article Katy and I hope you can find a job, the important thing to read between the lines here is how family un-friendly our business society is. Barely any time off for pregnancies and it is unpaid or comes out of your vacation time. You are looked at poorly if you actually want to have balance in your life and get home by six. We are one of the worst countries of all the industrialized countries in the support we give to new parents (both dads and moms) period. And it should be noted that many of these countries economies are much better than ours. Righties, you should be all for this, as it is a HUGE family values issue, but in a weird sort of way, you are not.

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mmcfetrFeb. 12, 11 8:41 PM

Staying at home with your children was a good choice. It sounds like you had many good years. Divorce creates financial difficulties. Two households where there used to be one. Your former husband should be sharing the costs of high-tech toys (many not essential) and college tuition. Getting a job is really hard in these times. Even for those who have been in the workforce until recently laid off. My husband stopped working outside the home when our children were 5 and 3. He did all of the kid stuff you mentioned, cleaned, did the laundry, and cooked a good meal every night. It was the right decision for us, and is a good choice for young families who can swing it. Your aunt was right.

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