DEAR ABBY: I am a full-time mother of two precious children -- a 3-year-old and a 6-month-old -- and I absolutely love my job. Although there is no material compensation, the rewards are very sweet.
However, it has become clear to me that there is not much respect for those of us who choose to stay home and put our careers on hold. I can't tell you how many times I've been asked, "So when are you going back to work?" These people do not seem to understand that I work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's not all fun and games; there's a lot of hard work involved in raising two children.
This job is not meant for everyone, but I resent the lack of respect I am shown. I respect those who choose to work outside the home and feel that I deserve the same. Perhaps those who think this job is easy and trivial should try it for a few weeks. Spending a few days in my house would definitely change their outlook.
I have decided that we full-time mothers need a new title. I started telling people that I am an "investment broker" -- I specialize in futures. It has raised more than a few eyebrows and I no longer hear the rude comments. -- CARA BOUDREAUX, TEXAS CITY, TEXAS
DEAR CARA: I appreciate your pointing out that full-time mothers are "investment brokers." It reminds me of Roseanne's first appearance on the Johnny Carson show when she described herself as a "domestic engineer."