On October 31st, 2014 President Obama gave a speech regarding getting kids in public preschool. He stated that being a stay at home mom is not a decision he wants American women to make. You can watch the clip here
Staying at home with your kids "is not a choice we want Americans to make" so let's get all those millions of kids in public school because that's what's best for them. No. Just no.
First of all, millions of kids are not in public schools/government schools because of how bad the system is. We are far behind other countries. Our method of education is nowhere near good enough. Home schooled kids are more advanced academically and far better off emotionally being in a loving environment. Common core is a crock. Kids graduating high school can’t even spell. The academic status of American children in public school is quite poor. Bullying is beyond ridiculous. Children are committing suicide because they are bullied to such extremes. Kids are suffering from depression and getting involved with drugs and alcohol at very young ages. The environment in public schools is simply not healthy. Not to mention the fact that the school system seems to be unable to keep them safe. I’ve lost count of how many school shootings there have been. Students have been kidnapped from schools. Kids have been assaulted and raped by teachers. Kids have been harmed by other students who seem to lack appropriate supervision. Government schools have time and time again overstepped their boundaries telling parents what they can and can’t do with their own children. Many preschoolers are not in school because parents don’t want to send their kids to public school. More and more parents are holding off on public school as long as possible. Millions are choosing to home school. The younger the child the more vulnerable they are and the more they need protected. Public schools and daycares can never supervise and protect children the way their parents can. It is not good for young children to spend such little time with their families. Children need family time.
Second of all, staying at home with kids is not a choice American women should make? You significantly misunderstand the price of childcare. You see, Mr. President, money isn't everything. Yes, daycares are very expensive. If you are married and have more than one child, it is most likely cheaper for you to stay home with your kids. Here's the thing. Women make that choice because that's what many women want to do. Many women don't want to outsource their child care responsibilities to a facility (daycare) or another woman (sitter) so they can go make money to gain material items they can't enjoy much because they are out working to own them all the while sacrificing time with their families. Financially staying at home with your kids is often the best thing when considering the cost of daycare, eating out more often, and gas to get to work and daycare. However, even if it were a hard crunch in the budget the non-monetary benefits of staying at home with your little ones far outweigh the value of a paycheck. Money can’t put a price tag on being the one to take care of your children, feeding them, playing with them, teaching them to read, watching them grow, and being an active agent to further their development and help them reach their full potential. There is a steep sacrifice women pay to go to work while their kids are little. They give up so much. They give up cuddles and hugs throughout the day. They give up being the one to see their first step or say their first word. They give up being the comforter, the boo boo kisser, the story maker up, and the narrator of every children’s book in the house throughout the day. They give up so many hours out of their day to pay someone else to enjoy those precious moments. They come home from work and still have dinner to cook, a house to clean, homework to look over, errands to run, and kids to spend time with. The sacrifice of not staying home with your kids is far worse than the monetary sacrifice (if any) of staying home with your beloved little ones. Homemaking is not a matter of money. It is a matter of what is truly valuable. Being a stay at home mom is priceless.
Mr. President, think before you speak. If a woman wants to work, she is free to have whatever career she desires. If a woman wants to be a homemaker, she should also be free to have what her heart desires without criticism. Homemaking is a natural desire for women. It's a blessing, not a burden. It's also a biblical instruction for wives to be homemakers. Let them live their lives the way they best see fit. It is not the government's place to tell women to leave their home and leave their children in government schools.
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