How do you measure the value of a mother? Check out these quotes that are in the news right now:
Hillary Rodham Clinton: "I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but I decided to do something with my life"
(Hmm....is baking cookies and having teas all I did with my life while I stayed home with my kids? HARDLY!)
Michelle Obama: "Speaking Friday at what the administration called “The White House Forum on Women and the Economy,” President Barack Obama said that after his two daughters were born, he and his wife—both Harvard Law School graduates—could not afford the “luxury” of having her stay home with the children.
In 2005, when Obama began serving in the U.S. Senate (and his daughters turned 4 and 7), he and his wife were earning a combined annual income of $479,062. Barack Obama was paid a salary of $162,100 by the U.S. taxpayers, and Michelle Obama was paid $316,962 to handle community affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center." CSNS News
(We got by on far less than their $479,062! Why did she HAVE to work?)
Hilary Rosen speaking about Ann Romney: "she's no economic expert because she "hasn't worked a day in her life."
(What is your definition of work Ms. Rosen? I have probably worked harder than most women in the work force!)
Ann Romney's response to Hilary: "Raising the five Romney sons, she said, was such a full-time job that her husband, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, considered it more important than his work as the family breadwinner.
"He would say, 'My job is temporary...Your job is a forever job that's going to bring forever happiness," Ann Romney told Fox News"
(I TOTALLY agree with Mr. Romney! Mothering children is far more important than making money!)
And lastly, a word from a former president of our church, David O. McKay:
"No other success can compensate for failure in the home."
Never criticize a woman who has decided to stay home with her children instead of work. She is making a sacrifice, and her children will always thank her for it. This isn't to criticize those who do work, but never devalue the woman who stays home.