Plus I got more presents. Hee!
Read this this morning.
Not unsympathetic-- what mama would be? But as an econ major, one thing strikes me... if you have two workers, one of whom is going to take several years off from work, miss more days, etc, you are likely going to protect yourself against the anticipated costs by paying her less.
Kids cost. They do. At the store right now, I have two choices: one, work for free and leave in the early afternoon, or 2, get a (measly) salary and work crazy hours, typical entrepeneur ship style.
I pick one because I can afford to (thanks Baby!) and because if I didn't, it would have very serious ramifications for my family.
So I don't get paid. Although I do swipe six bucks every Friday for yoga class.
It's not ideal, what's happening in France, but at least they don't both get paid less and get no maternal support from the country.
Now as to the husband-household thing... men, get off your butts! Help out! Sheeshums.