Saturday, February 12, 2011
Welcome, Strib readers!
My essay about the cost of staying home with kids is running today in the Minneapolis Star Tribune under the really nice headline, "Staying home to raise kids - priceless (but with a cost)." I've noticed a slight uptick in traffic on the blog tonight, and am gratified to know people are stopping by.
(And thanks, Commentary Editor D.J. Tice -- that's the best headline I've seen on it yet. And thanks, Star Tribune Editorial Writer and Digital Producer Susan Hogan, for making it so easy for people to get here!)
Welcome to all those who came to this blog after reading that piece and would like to talk about it. Pull up a chair. It's an endlessly fascinating topic, and we have much to discuss. Did anyone else feel pressure to choose one way or another when they had kids -- either to stay home with them or keep working? Anyone else feel the choices were pretty narrow, the costs high either way?
Anyone else feel that there's something wrong in a society that encourages women to provide unpaid family caregiving but offers no security net for those who sacrifice income to do it? (Or not! We're always open here to opinions either way!)