So let’s start with the good news. As reported by Zenit yesterday, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, is calling for financial and professional perks for families stressing that “domestic work deserves economic recognition.”
I loved this section of the Zenit article:
The Vatican official noted that raising a family and seeking a career outside the home are compatible for women, but he urged support services: day care centers in businesses and neighborhoods, and for the elderly and handicapped, other social services.
He also pointed out the importance of offering women a “variety of opportunities in professional work: part-time work, telework, flexibility of hours and vacations.”
I don’t expect anyone to be sending me a paycheck soon for my laundry duties, but it is wonderful that our church leaders are setting a high bar in recognition of the service moms provide both to our families and to the world around us. We’ll watch as this one unfolds…
And now to the mom news that made me do a double-take – Kate Gosselin on Dancing with The Stars. Seriously??!! I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around the concept of a single mom of eight finding time in her day to watch that show, let alone to dance on it. In this video of her from last night’s Jimmy Kimmel show, she explains her game plan for practicing. But I still have my doubts. I think it’s great that Kate is not dragging the kids in front of the camera for this project (although I’ll bet we see them on the show), but I just wonder how all of this is going to work out. I guess we’ll see… If you think this is a good idea for Kate and her kids, I’d love to hear from you!