November 16, 2003 |
Twelve years ago, when my second son was born, I quit my job as a journalist to "do the mom thing," as I so ineloquently put it. The only unsettling part of the transition, oddly enough, was that I had no simple way of defining myself when people asked what I did. The question I faced back then remains as puzzling to me today: What do you call a woman who has quit her paying job to take on the non-paying full-time job of raising her children?
March 10, 2012 |
Stay-at-home mom Swati Rastogi watched her daughter Krisha play with plastic monkeys as son Dhruva lined up model cars in their two-bedroom apartment surrounded by Hindi and English alphabet posters. Dhruva, 3, asked whether Pakistan is part of India. He was informed that it's not. "I don't know where that comes from," she said, watching attentively. That's a rarity for Rastogi, who leaves little to chance when it comes to her children's education. Although China and its diaspora receive lots of attention for hyper-parenting since last year's publication of the book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," Indians aren't exactly wallflowers in the child-rearing department.
May 11, 2008 |
If a stay-at-home mom could be compensated in dollars rather than personal satisfaction and unconditional love, she'd rake in nearly $117,000 a year. That's according to a study by Salary.com, a Waltham, Mass.-based firm that studies workplace compensation. The eighth annual survey calculated a mom's market value by studying pay levels for 10 job titles with duties performed by typical mothers, including housekeeper, teacher, psychologist and chief executive. This year, the annual salary for a stay-at-home mom would be $116,805, and a mom who juggles an outside job would get $68,405 for her motherly duties.
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October 23, 2009 |
Surgeons at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center orchestrated a chain of nine kidney transplants in June that is expected to end next week. Donors include: 1. Harry Damon, 55, a firefighter from Grand Rapids, Mich., donated June 8 to Sheila Whitney, 49, a stay-at-home mom from Compton. 2. Reginal Griffin, 27, a musician from Long Beach, donated June 8 to Keenan Cheung, 44, of La CaÃ±ada Flintridge, a USC housing manager. 3. Cheung's wife, Jeanne, 43, who works at a Burbank production company, donated June 8 to Sonia Valencia, 29, of Commerce, a resource teacher.
March 2, 2008
Thank you for bringing the determined Stone family to the public's attention. ("Well on their way to family goals," Feb. 24.) How refreshing to see a family in control of their personal finances rather than being controlled by them. This is also a great reminder that being a stay-at-home mom is not only an option for the wealthy. Far too often we are told that it is impossible for moms to stay home with their children. Too often we are encouraged to give up the quaint notion before even sitting down and going through the budget with a fine-tooth comb.
August 14, 2012 |
Molly Ringwald's novel-in-stories “When It Happens To You” officially publishes Tuesday. When I talked to her about the book, the conversation often took off into interesting realms that didn't make it into the feature on her that ran in Saturday's Los Angeles Times. Here are a few bonus excerpts from that interview, edited for length and clarity. We'd begun talking informally in a nearby bookstore, where the “50 Shades of Grey” trilogy dominated the bestseller display. She told me that she had read the book because her friend, Bret Easton Ellis, was interested in writing the screenplay adaptation.