I am dismayed at your statement at Rhode Island College on 10/31/14, in regards to stay at home moms! I CHOSE to become a stay at home mother in 2002, and do you want to know why? Because my daughter needed me at home! I had just spent almost three years of her life not seeing much of her because of my military service, and I CHOSE to stay with her after I got out and got married. I CHOSE to continue to stay at home and raise my next 5 children because I don't want the government to raise them! They are the responsibility of my husband and I.
I knew full well what it meant for me to not go back to work right now, and when I come to the end of my life, I thankfully won't have to look back and say, "I wish I could have spent more time with my children!"
I am very well aware that some moms, (or dads) have no choice than to stay at home. However, the solution is not to dump more money into "high quality pre-school", but to not make parents who do stay at home feel like they are not doing enough to support their children just because there is only one income. I know many stay at home moms who, if they went back to work, would make more than their husbands. Many of them with advanced degrees. They CHOSE to stay at home, so their children didn't think that they placed a career over them.
I don't want your government run health care, with premiums that now costs more than my mortgage, and I don't want the government thinking that they now how to better take care of my children! Leave those of us that CHOOSE to stay at home, do it without someone saying, "That's not a choice we want Americans to make."
Mrs. Danielle Hollars