Argumentative Essay

1541 words - 6 pages

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Bonnie Fellhoelter

Paola Brown

English 102

17 March 2008

Argument Paper

"Are you hot? Are you cold? Are you wearing that? Where's your books and your lunch and your homework at? Grab your coat and your gloves and your scarf and hat. Don't forget; you got to feed the cat!" (1)

Anita Renfroe wrote these catchy words for the song "Momisms", sung to the

familiar tune of the William Tell Overture. Her words best describe a typical day of

mayhem through the eyes of a mother. Mothers who stay at home know that at times,

their lives can be discombobulating. Despite the chaos, stay-at-home mothers get the

tremendous responsibility of only having one chance of raising their children in such a

way that makes a difference in their children's lives and in society.

Throughout history, society has looked upon the male as the breadwinner: the one

expected to work and support the family. The mother has been viewed as the nurturer:

the one to stay home and raise the children. During the 1960's, women wanted more

rights, power, and the ability to get higher paying jobs. Women were given this right so

they expressed this new found freedom by going to work outside of the home. As

women sought employment, their children were left to the care of babysitters and day

care workers. Because society has redefined the role of a mother to be one who is an

important element in the workforce, the loss of the mother in the home has led to the

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decline of the family unit, and thus, to society. This forfeiture has created a generation

for whom social morals and values are not as important as they once were. Perhaps this

is due to a working mother being absent from the home where she is unable to personally

instill these ethical standards in her children, thus leaving her children to receive their

value system from strangers. "Society truly does begin at home", asserts Sibyl Niemann,

so, in order to return to a culture with better morals and values, the importance of the role

of the stay at home mother should be restored. (2) In this way, stay at home mothers can

improve society.

It is disappointing when mothers are devalued for staying at home to raise their

children. Richard Lowry states, "There is something valuable in a mother's caring for

her own child." (4) In general, no one can take care of your child in the same way his or

her mother would. A mother's care is usually superior to daycare since she naturally

wants what is best for her child. "According to a non-partisan Public Agenda survey in

2000, roughly 80 percent of parents with...

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