“She’s Never Worked a Day In Her Life.” -CNN’s Hillary Rosen (to a stay @ home mom)

Hillary Rosen vs. Ann Romney?

Have you heard about it?

From FoxNews today: Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Hilary Rosen apologized Thursday to Ann Romney, wife of presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, for criticizing her choice to be a stay-at-home mother… but not before sparking a political firestorm with her remarks.

Rosen made her comments Wednesday on CNN at  8:52 p.m. ET , suggesting Romney was the wrong person on husband Mitt Romney’s GOP presidential primary campaign to be addressing women’s issues — considering “she’s never worked a day it her life.”

This conversation has gone VIRAL, now generating 1300 tweets an hour!

Think before you speak, Hillary. But then, out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.

Sadly, Hillary Rosen represents the beliefs of too many 21st century Americans.

From Fox News today: Ann Romney made her debut on Twitter at 10:18 p.m., saying, “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.”

Even though I haven’t bought in to the Romney dream, I strongly applaud Ann Romney for making that choice in her life.

In my humble opinion…

Stay at home moms are on the same level with DOCTORS, LAWYERS, and BUSINESS LEADERS.

Raising GREAT children is the GREATEST occupation! By far, it is!

I wrote about this in my book, “Make Me A Legend,” chapter 7: Earn Your Keep

While on the topic of earning your keep, I have to mention what I believe is the most indispensable category of human productivity—though their profession has never been listed in the annual US News and World Report list of best careers. I’m talking about the power of the domestic engineer, more commonly referred to as the dedicated Mom.

Solid research by Salary.com showed that in 2006 a stay-at-home mom needed $134,121 per year to be adequately compensated for her multiple roles and her 91.6 hours of weekly toil. The mom who works outside the home is given an estimated value of $85,876 for her 49.8 hours of mom-work per week.

And how much does Mom make? Nothing! Not a big deal, because Mom doesn’t work for dollars; she does what she does for the personal satisfaction of seeing things go well for the people she loves. Without applause or other appropriate acknowledgment of achievement, Mom chooses to work her wonders in the shadows of the visible triumphs of her husband and her little ones!

Over the years, I have heard many moms say how increasingly insignificant they feel in this career-driven era. Many live confused and discouraged about their purpose and their future. I bring this up because I feel a great deal of compassion for the remarkable workers of this under celebrated profession. We should validate their significance in this modern world.

This is how God feels about moms: “She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. …Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise” (Prov. 31:27,31).

To all the great moms out there, I say, Thank you! Even though you may not have the achievement trophies to prove it, you are the legend behind the legends! Don’t allow society to make you feel insignificant or underproductive. You are earning your keep—and so much more!

Let’s talk about it?

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make a Difference!

Chuck Balsamo

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14 thoughts on ““She’s Never Worked a Day In Her Life.” -CNN’s Hillary Rosen (to a stay @ home mom)

  1. It was, no doubt, the dumbest thing that a DNC “strategist” could have said. Let’s hope that the Dems continue to pay her to do this kind of thing.

    So here’s the dilemma: How do we go into a voting booth and vote for a follower of Joseph Smith, but maintain a clear conscience? Do we vote for the Little Devil in order to keep the Big Devil from winning?

    • I guess all we can do is keep praying that God will blanket America with His will… and that enough people have the heart for hearing from Him. Honestly, I do believe that this next election will be the most pivotal election in my lifetime. Thanks for commenting Anonymous one! Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Proverbs 31:28-29 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her saying, “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
    When God called me to be a stay at home Mom, I thought God had lost His unlosable (word?) mind and His omniscience!

    I literally said to Him, “No way, God! Really? Me, stay at home with two kids?’

    I asked Him, if He was for real, to give me the exact date I was supposed to quit working….and He did with three confirmations before I would quit! I have now been a S.A.H.M. for almost 5 years.

    I admit, it took me a while to get adjusted, but now I can’t imagine not staying home with my kids….um, yeah, even though they both in school now. I volunteer at their school, am Team Mom for their sports teams, support my husband in his endeavors and have time to research new subjects during “down” time that have enriched my life and the life of others.

    Being a SAHM has been one of the best learning experiences of my life. I wish every Mom was able to experience it for at least a year. On the other hand, I wish every Mom could know how it feels to long to be home with your kids but you can’t be.

    If we could experience both sides of the coin, as did I, I think many of us would have a greater understanding of different styles of mothering and the decisions mothers make.

    As far as who to vote for, we must remember what the Word says about honoring our leaders. Whether they be a Mormon, a moron, a mischeivious master of miscalculation or a minister, we must pray for them and ask God to give us the knowledge and wisdom in the voting booth.

  3. Amen!! And Amen!!! 🙂 When I start to feel down that I don’t have the luxuries many of my husband’s female co-workers have, because they work, he always reminds me that we are rich. We have such a wonderful, close family. Though some days it’s challenging to stay home, seeing the results in my children make it worth it. Plus, they aren’t young forever. Might as well enjoy being with them while I can. 🙂

    • Liz, is that your real last name?!?! I love it! And thanks for spreading this message to your friends. I’m going to check out your website when I’m back at my computer. Have a great night.

  4. God commands us twice in Genesis to “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.” I’m pretty sure as The Great Father God has a high regard for all parents. I feel it can strongly be argued that society’s paradigm shift in morals, from family values to selfish materialism, over the last century can be attributed to the breakdown in the traditional family structure. In increasing numbers mothers are going to work and fathers are absent. Stay-at-home-mothers are clearly have the most important job we can be blessed with.

    • Sean, it’s very nice to meet you. I agree with you… my mom had a greater impact on my life than the 204 college credit hours I’ve earned and the doctorate degree I’ll be recieving in June.

  5. I’ve been a SAHM for just on 20 years now. Our eldest will be 20 in August, with the next 5 ranging in age down to almost 5 years. Sometimes I’ve felt quite inadequate due to lack of ‘status’ but then I remember my status in the eyes of the world doesn’t matter, it’s where I am before God that counts. The number of full time SAHMs I know is quite small. Doing a quick count, I think all the mums at my church either are in the workforce or have worked for some time after the birth of at least 1 child. Those I know who have chosen to not be in paid work at all are mostly, like me, homeschoolers. That brings it’s own level of ‘different’! Sadly, society has devalued the role of mothers to merely that of worker producer; have the baby, dump it off for somebody else to raise during the day, put them to bed at night after providing some ‘quality time’ when you’re both tired, help a bit with homework when they’re at school if you have time, then before you know it they’re off your hands and in the workforce themselves. I know some mums feel it’s necessary to work for financial reasons as they genuinely struggle but many are just blinded by the ‘needs’ presented to them by society. I used to feel my children were missing out as they don’t have as many ‘things’ as their double income friends. However, the older ones have thanked us for the way we’ve raised them. They have valued family rather than possessions. Our daughters want to be SAHMs when they have children of their own. When will society wake up to the fact people are more important than possessions? Time together is better than having the latest gadget? Teaching children to love is more important than a high paying professional career? BTW, I have a background in engineering and earnt more than DH but happily gave it up to experience the joys and trials of full time mothering.

  6. I do believe workplace needs a woman just like we need them at home as well specially with the kids. I see a culture here and actually living in a culture where a mom is working and leaving the kids at home with the nanny. I dont know with any country out there, but here in Indonesia – the culture is the kids stays at home with the nanny while the mom is outside working or even hanging out *sigh* (trust me, im not against a working mom or even hanging out mom ‘im one of that kind too’) – and its not rare that we heard and saw a child abuse news or video spreading in internet by their nanny.

    Well, the best person for our kids is us the parents. A Children is a gift and instead of the mandate to fill the earth (which i also 100% agree with that and willing to fulfill those :)) – we should not really take our kids for granted. For example, if a mom should work and really want to work which im oke with that – all we need is just knowing our portion and functioning well where ever we are. I quote from Col 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance.

    Since im a mom and i also work – without nanny and maid and driver at home .. i do understand a bit about this. Yes i find that i need more hard work to stay at home with my 4 yo son because this is actually not my nature … it is more hard work to play with my son than to work on my paper honesty. But im trying to knew my portion and to give my 100% me where ever i am. Besides, im totally agree that our kids is our future report. Changing the world begins at home with our own kids and that is a business. This become our number one business : bringing up our kids. (for a better generation, a better world)
    Cheers 🙂

    • Essly, I agree with you that Mom’s who work are also a huge blessing! I applaud your hard work and your dedication to your family. In America, it is the same… very difficult to live on one income these days.

      My post is not written to say that full time mothers are better woman than those who split their time between home and the workplace.

      I was mainly acknowledging and legitimizing the very necessary role of mothers, and specifically those mothers who dedicate their full time to mothering their children. It is a biblical calling… a beautiful calling… one that is looked down on in the modern world.

      Thanks for your comments!! 🙂