Having been a stay-at-home mom, a divorced working mom with two children, and now a working, remarried mom with one child still at home, I read your article ("Following Their Hearts," Feb. 14) with great interest. I am 48 years old and am a professional in the legal community (not an attorney). I found it interesting that the older moms chose to stay home with their children and the one mother who didn't has very young children, 9 months and 2 years. She justifies her time with her children as quality time, but I'd have to question how much of that she has when she gets home at 6:30 at night and leaves before 8 a.m.
When do her babies go to bed? Mine were in bed between 6:30 and 7:30. She doesn't realize that the first five years of a child's life are the most important and that a "full time" nanny (who, hopefully for her children, speaks English) and a housekeeper are the ones raising her babies. I had to go back to work because I was divorced. Nothing, no career, no excitement, no personal fulfillment is more important than raising and nurturing your children into well-balanced adults.