Friday, August 29, 2008

I Don't Get It...

I might make someone mad by saying this. But as far as I know only my close personal friends and a few cyberpals read this anyway, so here goes...

What becomes of an infant and the other four kids in the family when their parents both work full-time jobs...and one of those jobs happens to be running the largest state in the U.S. while consecutively campaigning for the second biggest office in the nation????

I am not opposed to women working. I work. I work a creative schedule that allows me to be home with my children the bulk of the time. If I were to go back to work full-time, we would figure out a schedule that would allow my husband to be home. If all our kids were old enough to be in school we would try to arrange for one of us to be home as much as possible when the kids weren't in school.

But I fail to understand how Sarah Palin's infant son is going to get the dedicated time from his parents that he needs when his father works full-time and his mother is Governor of the state of Alaska and running for VP. And that doesn't even begin to address the fact that he has special needs (Down's Syndrome) or the fact that he has 4 brothers and sisters....only one of whom is old enough to be out of the house and on his own.

Why do people have children and then voluntarily take 24/7 jobs that do not allow them to do the job of raising them? This isn't a matter of of their incomes would do just fine. She is only 44 years old...still has many campaigning years ahead of her. But she has only a matter of months in which to make the most impact on her son's neurodevelopment...and the brain wiring that is being laid now will affect him for the rest of his life.

And, yes, I will feel tons better if I hear that her husband has quit his job to become a full-time dad. A full-time DAD...not full-time campaign manager. I don't care WHO takes care of the kids, but I think kids deserve to have a PARENT. Especially the very young.

Ugh. Thanks for letting me vent.


AmyP said...

I'm with you! That's been on my mind all day. And, as you know, I worked when my son was young. And some days that was pretty tough. But most of all, a regular 9-5 job is a LOT different from campaigning around the country...or, heaven forbid, being the second in command running the country! I'm baffled by this choice in so many ways.

richmomma said...

When I first heard that the candidate was a young woman I thought, "Oh, cool! We have a woman running for a major office." My next thought was, "Oh, I do hope that she doesn't have kids...or that her kids are all old enough to fend for themselves." Then the camera pans to her kids...all FIVE OF THEM and the reporter goes on to talk about how she just gave birth to her last child in APRIL!!!!!! I about lost my lunch.

And yes, a 9-5 job is VERY different from a job that's 24/7. And I don't think anyone would argue that being Governor and campaigning for VP is a 24/7 job.

Teddi said...

Yep. When I saw the coverage, my only comment was, "That's a very poor choice on her part." So sad for all of her kids, but mostly for that tiny one who needs so much more than she's going to be able (or willing?) to give during this crucial time.

Leon said...

My wife and I were talking about this very subject with a good friend of ours. The only mitigating thing we could think of was that she probably hires a nanny ... hopefully a very, very good one for the sake of that special baby!

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