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The Feminine Mistake
July 15, 2007
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bonni
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I haven't read this book. I just saw an interview with the author on cspan yesterday. I probably won't read the book, because I already "get it." I learned the information she is providing from my grandmother and mother.

My mom was a year old when my grandfather abandoned them. My grandmother worked from then on. Except for a few years, my mom worked. She even went back to school and got a degree when we were young.

Some might say its being negative to make plans for your marriage failing, but I think its pragmatic. Divorce is not the only threat to the economic health of the family.

I'm not saying that every family should be dual income. I'm saying that you do have to have a backup plan if you stay home. And you can't assume that it will be easy to get a job.

My sisters both stay home and rely on their partners for economic stability. The husband of one sister is a police officer. He faces danger every day and I worry about him dying and leaving her and their kids destitute.

I don't want to start a debate about staying home and working, but rather a discussion of practical ways to create economic security, if you choose to be a SAHM. I have a career outside the home, so that's my solution. My sister has a special needs child, so she has to be home with him. What options does she have, if he dies or is disabled? I know he has insurance, but I don't know if its enough. Given that a career outside the home isn't an option, what are the others?

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July 15, 2007
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Yes, I agree with you, everyone should have a back up plan - thats the hard reality of life. We cant expect everyone else to be there for us for a life time.

Anyway - What about having a career inside the home. i.e. massage, support group for special needs, buying and selling on e bay.

The list is endless. Not all people have to develop careers out of the home.

What do you think?

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July 15, 2007
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I agree. I think working at home has to be with the idea that this needs to help the resume. My sister can't work at home in a way that is unstructured, because her son is autistic and doesn't deal well with change.

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July 15, 2007
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My sister is a stay at home mom right now and she does these computer things at home to create some extra cash. I think that is a pretty good idea since she can also be at home with her son at the same time.

July 15, 2007
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I know women who do hair or nails, take care of children or give music lessons, they capitalize on their talents.

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