I was just wondering if this conflict to work or not is new to our generation. In the previous generation, many women were SAHMs and those who did go to work, seemed to do it without too much analysis-paralysis. I think their reasons were far more pragmatic, such as economic stability and financial needs which did not allow them to think too much. Our generation, except for a few wise souls, seems to be a rather torn lot with our reasons for working varying from difficult in-laws to intellectual stimulation. So tell me wise ones, are there any older people on this forum who worked? What was your thought process? What do you think of the younger generation today? And the young women with working moms...what are your experiences? Did it matter at all that mom worked? Did you feel deprived in any way or did it make you proud? Did you miss your moms or did you take it in your stride? Enlighten us, will you?