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Subject:  Since you asked... Date:  3/23/2013  11:50 AM
Author:  cabinsmama Number:  872651 of 902467

Posting this out of nostalgia for the "Cost of SAHM: $1 million", or whatever the name of that thread was:

Kelly graduated from college magna cum laude and got an M.S.W. from Penn, again with honors, receiving an award for her negotiating skills.

Now Kelly is 33, and if dreams were winds, you might say that hers have shifted. She believes that every household needs one primary caretaker, that women are, broadly speaking, better at that job than men, and that no amount of professional success could possibly console her if she felt her two young children—­Connor, 5, and Lillie, 4—were not being looked after the right way. The maternal instinct is a real thing, Kelly argues: Girls play with dolls from childhood, so “women are raised from the get-go to raise children successfully. When we are moms, we have a better toolbox.” Women, she believes, are conditioned to be more patient with children, to be better multitaskers, to be more tolerant of the quotidian grind of playdates and temper tantrums; “women,” she says, “keep it together better than guys do."

She was shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, to learn, after getting an MSW, that social work isn't as high-paying as she imagined. If only there'd been a way to know that ahead of time...

not more patient than hardly anybody, terrible multi-tasker, and intolerant of playdates and temper tantrums
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