Hi, Dr. Laura!
I am a huge fan of yours and wanted to share something with you. Recently I heard you take a call from a stay-at-home mom who was babysitting a working mom’s kid for free. I too stay at home with my kids, and have happily for 6 years now.
About a year ago I struck up a friendship with a mom of one of my son’s friends. She and her husband both worked full time, and it wasn’t long before she was asking me to babysit her son. I agreed, thinking, one time is no big deal. Well, one time turned into several times, until it hit me, “Why am I taking valuable time away from my family so I can watch your child so you can ‘work’?” I thought about what you would do, and that day when she came to pick up her son, I politely told her I would no longer be babysitting him. I had other things to do, as well as a baby on the way. And wouldn’t you know, Dr Laura, after that day I never saw or heard from her again! Talk about being used!
Thank you for the RESPECT you show toward stay-at-home moms, and for giving value to motherhood in a world that doesn’t. Your advice has really given me the back bone I need to always take pride in doing the right thing!