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I've worked full time since I married and after kids were born.

My mother worked most of the time I was growing up, my 10-years-older sister got most of the babysitting duty. I remember riding around with her when I was 8 and she was 18, hanging out with her friends and getting ice cream. I remember a neighbor girl would meet my bus and make me Campbells tomato soup till my mom got home. I don't remember my earliest years, but I know mom worked from at least when I was second grade, or younger. She used to work at Sears, but also did painting and wall-papering for people and eventually got a real estate license.

My grandmother worked full time for General Motors when my mother was growing up. Both of my mom's parents worked for GM - they had six kids to feed. Mom got to be "mom" to her brothers and sisters a lot.

Who knows before that? I'm sure pioneer women didn't sit around much.

Which makes my kids 3rd generation kids of working moms. According to many conservatives they must be prison-bound juviies or psychologically damaged from all the love depravation passed on and on. In reality they're both in the top 5% of their class, musically talented and very well loved. People tell me what great kids I have. If they only knew!

My mom used to get much flack for working while I was growing up. I remember it. I've gotten flack for it from these very boards. You can guess from who. Sometimes from people who don't even HAVE kids.

People who think they know the one, best way for OTHER people to raise their kids can kiss my patootie.

Do what's best for you. Your mileage may vary.
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