Moms Pay High Cost for Caring In a new book, The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued, author and former. The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued. Ann Crittenden, Author Metropolitan Books $25 (p) ISBN. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and research in economics, history, child development, and law, Ann Crittenden proves definitively that although women.

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Mothers are routinely marginalized on the job. Yep — “quality day care” of the touted studies you know, the ones that show that children in “quality” care do as well as those with mother’s at home is actually elusive, and where it exists, expensive and with long waiting lists, giving some mothers no choice but to stay home with their own children. I encourage everyone to read it.

Just as my children and I depend on my husband to provide the finances for the family, he depends on me to nurture our children and provide the many services I give for the family. We know the price of motherhood, the rewards are less understood, and a deeper question remains.

Would you want to sacrifice in the same way? This is outlined by studies done in developing countries where payments to fathers often go to booze or drugs and payments to mothers go to children’s educations. Crittenden offers a compelling argument that transcends the “mommy wars” and gets to the heart of what I think is really crittendn stake there anyway.

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Why are people so messed up!? I just finished reading this book and, I have to say, I haven’t concentrated so hard on a text since college. Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality. Crittenden doesn’t show just one solution to this problem: Actually of all the suggestions, this is one that makes some sense — why don’t employers allow more part-timers?

The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued

Crittenden says it is only her choice because there are no other alternatives. The price of motherhood still isn’t well-understood or accepted. In some ways, this book is dated. He keeps his job and income, and she suddenly finds herself unemployable or unable to find good employment. Published January 1st by Holt McDougal first published Bold Ideas for a New Economy. Parent’s labor is “free” in regards to our economy. This affects their lifelong earnings potentials.


The price of motherhood : why the most important job in the world is still the least valued

Many women were raised to believe that since motherhood is rewarding and tge, everything will work itself out in the end, and might feel that our financial concerns are not valid. This treatment of those who care for children is justified on the grounds that it is women’s “choice. Businesses and communities are receiving the benefits of this situation while parents are bearing the financial cost of raising the children in this country. It is not possible for women to have it all, and the statistics just make that point.

Women who stay home with their kids are at a disadvantage financially and in terms of power. This implies that mothers and other primary caregivers of children are moterhood greatest wealth producers; they motherhold do have “the most important job in the world. I would be curious how she would write this book today. Women need more leverage in marriage because of point 9, and therefore, an independent income. Crittendfn fear that if I needed to “rejoin the labor force,” then my time spent as a SAHM would, as Crittenden says, become a handicap.

This book articulated a lot of the frustrations I feel over how little the work I do as a mother is appreciated, something that really hit when I had to leave my fulltime job to give me the flexibility to homeschool my son with special needs because the school would not provide adequate services for him. The author, in addition to presenting the material, has also given aann opinions to possible solutions.

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Rearing children is an important social function that ought to be respected and valued. Crittenden, a former economics reporter for the New York Times, lays out the going rate for a woman’s time: Their powerful excursions — into business, politics, family and community — have opened doors for women and men alike. We seem to think very different things need to change. As a result, mothers, children, and society as a whole pay an enormous price.

While that might have been relevant at time of publish,I’m suspicious of how they hold up now. GREAT book for moms and working women alike! Crittenden writes about the dismal pay, enormous turn-over, and frustrating working environment in most day care centers.


Some of her specific suggestions include the right to a parental year-long paid leave, a shortened workweek, equal pay and benefits for part-time work, equalized social security calculations for spouses, universal preschool, tax reform, unpaid household labor factored into the GDP, divorce and child support reform, etc. Some of the positive changes is that women are now calling for paid family leave and universal child care, but a lot of the problems outlined in this book are still problems that families with young children cruttenden struggling with.

Care for an tye relative in a nursing home counts, while at-home care by an unpaid family member doesn’t? This book inspired me to write this essay. It made me crigtenden to pay more attention to my retirement plan and to take affirmative steps to stay active in my career choice during the vrittenden that I stay home with children. In this provocative book, award-winning economics journalist Ann Critten argues that although women have been liberated, mothers have not.

At the same time it seemed too radical to expect the government to pay me for my work with my son. Maybe it is because my husband and I have a very good relationship, financially, that I feel they way I do. I think the roles of mothers and fathers continue to evolve, how I have discussed this book with a lot of friends–single working women, stay-at-home mothers, working mothers, and men–and in general, the arguments Crittenden presents make a lot of sense.

This is worth a read! I think our current immigration policy is a travesty and this rule is one that should be changed. More than convincing, and more than infuriating though you won’t want to stopbecause with every page thhe realize that all the things you never really paid attention to or thought was fair a wife getting less than half of her ex-husband’s assets, etc. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Crithenden are however seeds of a greater truth scattered within the pages of this book: