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Thread #165940   Message #3986293
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
07-Apr-19 - 12:27 PM
Thread Name: BS: Oh happy day! Retirement
Subject: RE: BS: Oh happy day! Retirement
Despite a 12 year period when I wasn't in permanent work, - I have a nine-year period when I wasn't in permanent work, just occasional freelance writing. I'm guessing this was the years home with children?

So many of us have those gaps, and raising kids was the most important work I could be doing at that time, and it seems only recently, but still not substantially (tax-wise, etc.), to be something that is recognized as every bit as important as employment. I was extremely interested to read a biographical article about Nancy Pelosi, who had five children in a very short period of time after she married, then spent many years raising children and organizing community activities around their interests. She was known through that and parleyed it into a political career. That is so rare, to be able to use parenting as career training and job experience.