Saturday, September 6, 2008

Dr. Laura Thinks Palin is a Poor Role Model

I don't pay much attention to Dr. Laura, but I just stumbled upon this post on her blog. Dr. Laura wrote,

But really, what kind of role model is a woman whose fifth child was recently born with a serious issue, Down Syndrome, and then goes back to the job of Governor within days of the birth? I am haunted by the family pictures of the Palins during political photo-ops, showing the eldest daughter, now pregnant with her own child, cuddling the family’s newborn. When Mom and Dad both work full-time (no matter how many folks get involved with the children), it becomes a somewhat chaotic situation.
Personally, I think she is a great role-model. The fact that she went back to work so soon is just a testament to her physical stamina. And, she went back to work WITH Trig--a situation I know many mothers would love to be able to work out.

The governor said she won't take a maternity leave but will bring Trig with her to work. Her spokesperson later clarified, at Palin's request, that the governor will take time off for medical appointments, physical therapy and whatever Trig needs.

And honestly, while most women don't go back to the workplace so soon after birth, many are actually working on maternity leave. I was working an hour or so a day from home by after my first week out of the hospital--and I was in poor physical health. Other women are getting phone calls from work, checking emails, or actually going back to work for a day or two to run important events. It may not be ideal, but I think it's a reality many American women face. And honestly...did the women who founded this country take three months off their back-breaking work maintaining the home when children were born? No.

And, yes, Trig has Down Syndrome, but I'm sure the Palin's are well-prepared. They have been aware of Trig's condition for months, and Sarah's sister's son has Down Syndrome.

I think Sarah Palin is a great role-model. I go to work and send my child to daycare. She doesn't get to come to work with me. I think it would be wonderful to be able to tell my daughter, "Look at the changes I am making in the world while we are apart! Look how I am able to make the world a more welcoming place for special needs children."