Childcare and the Sociological Imagination
In the past, working mothers were basically unheard of. The patriarchal nuclear family was what was viewed on television in shows such as Leave it to Beaver, Mary Tyler Moore, and My Three Sons. A motherâ€™s role was to stay at home with the children, while the father went to work. In todayâ€™s society, things have changed very much.
It is not unheard of for a mother to stay at home with the children, but at least half of all mothersâ€™ hold a job outside of the household. This situation raises a question, â€œWhere do the children go before they are of school-age?â€ Childcare is an industry that is definitely rising from year to year. ...view middle of the document...
Therefore, the person watching over the child at this stage in their life, is arguably shaping who they will be as adults.
Lastly, the mother has to consider if she will have enough strength and energy left after a hard dayâ€™s work to come home and give the proper attention to her child. Everyone knows that work can be very stressful and tedious, so when one comes home, it is nice to relax and regain ones thoughts. Having a child under school-age is a job of its own, with the child needing bathed, fed, and loved, etc.
If a mother decides to enroll her child in childcare and take on the responsibility of going to back to work, society for the most part will be very supportive, unless she fails to hold her end of the â€œmotherlyâ€ duties. Americans tend to look at mothers as invincible creatures who can take on anything, but the truth is, if a mother tends to slack off in parental duties, and focus mainly on work, society as a whole will look down her tremendously.
There are some documented cases where women have lost their sense of well being from being too busy taking on the roles of mother and working woman, that they have turned violent and psychotic. Since the ratio of stable mothers far surpasses that of unstable working mothers society still considers working mothers as acceptable.
The social-conflict theory would be affected, if all of the women that had a child, decided that were going to stay at home...