I didnt put this in the Book Discussion Forum because I'm using her publicity from her book that came out this week as a platform from which to spark discussion of the topic as a whole, not just the book. Dr Laura Schlessinger (who likes to go by the nickname "Mother Laura" often these days) is a businesswoman extraordinaire; she hosts a popular radio show of which she plays an adviser and therapist and is the bestselling author of fifteen books for both adults and children. (Surprising I hadnt heard of this woman earlier. I'm sure many of you are familiar with her?) With her latest book (which, no, I havent read --yet; I'm paying a visit to the bookstore to pick up two books of which this is one), she obviously praises stay-at-home moms and stresses the importance that women shouldnt be in the working world when they have children and husbands who need them. Though I havent yet read her book, I have heard her preface (as read by Merideth Viera on the Today Show) which states, "I would never dream of telling a woman that she is needed more by her family than anywhere else on the planet because I wouldnt want her to suffer any guilt or loss if she chose to be in a full-time career." "You can do both as long as your not wearing yourself out so that you tend not to be able to enjoy being a mom and enjoy being a wife and your husband's girlfriend," Schlessinger has said in several interviews (Today Show and Sean Hannity's television show on FOX, for example). Schlessinger's opinion is clear: Women should stay at home with their children; their needs and wants take backseat to their children's. And, although it pains me to put Schlessinger in an even remotely positive light, I have to be fair: She is not saying that women who have a husband and offspring cant work; she's saying that the desire to have a job must revolve around the children; the job and anytime the mother is out of the house is when the child is either sleeping or out of the house as well. Although I cannot find the clip, Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb did a segment with Schlessinger later in the same day and painted a situation in which a family is without a father figure to provide income while the mother stays at home; what should families do? I'm paraphrasing here, but she said that if a woman made that poor choice (completely obliterating the idea that the father figure may be serving in the armed forces or deceased, for example) Schlessinger has said that if there is no father figure in the picture, it is still wrong for the mother to go to work. Instead, these women should move back in with their parents to provide a stable familial environment for the children. I provided my opinion in my blog (in which I restate some of this same post, sprinkled with my own comments and then provide my own story and opinion which is not included in this post). You should also check out my blog because it provides more information on Schlessinger such as the nature of her Ph.D (here's a hint: It's nowhere related to gender roles or women's studies) and reflections on her home life with her son, as well as more of her opinion on the idea of staying at home. I'd love to hear your opinion on Dr Schlessinger's stance and the Mommy Wars in general. Should women with husbands and children stay at home to nuture the family and keep the house in tip-top shape, or should they enjoy as much opportunity in the working world as their male counterparts? For more information on Dr Laura, check out her Web site. Said book is also available in stores now.