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Dear Ms. Rosenblum: I read your article today. As ususal, very interesting. I am a 63 year old retired postal worker, female. Had five kids and also chose to be with my five childeren when I could. If I had quit work, they would have starved. We had a union at work and believe me we needed it. I know I am just a blue collar worker, but we made good money and it paid the bills. I took much harassment from my male co-workers when I worked overtime or worked a holiday. They said I should be home with the kids and called me "overtime hog". My mother worked on Thanksgiving one year (mother of six) and they told her she should be cooking dinner. She had already cooked dinner before coming to work. The real bee in their bonnets though was that we were making exactly the same income as them. Women were not supposed to make the same as a man. Even though most of the women worked harder than the men! I worked the night shift throughout my whole career so I could do my other job, the family. I do have a husband by the way, over the road trucker. No help at all, well a little. When I read the articles about college graduates who can't get a job in their field and resort to food stamps; it makes me chuckle. I am not trying to be poor me, but I tried to play by the rules. By the way, all my kids are college graduates and are fine members of society. Now that I am retired and tired, I am so lazy, it's painful. lol Respectfully, Gretchen Nesler.
Good article Gail. I often tell my daughter not to listen to the words coming out of people's mouths. Instead, watch their actions.
I am a Soldier aged 51 on active duty. I took 13 years off active duty (transferred to the Army Reserve) to stay home with my children so my wife could stay on active duty and and perform her duties. This allowed the children to be at home rather than day care all the time. For both my wife and I it was a wonderful choice. I raised 5 children as a stay at home dad. We struggled at times with income shortages but I would make the same decision again. My youngest is now 22 years old and will finish College in the spring of 2013. I still believe it is important for a parent to be "on duty" for the kids; they are the priority.
I don't see why anyone should assume that it is women's duty to care for the young exclusively. Each situation is different but a couple should make sacrifices that are in the best interest of the children, not their career.
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