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Stay-at-home Moms

Sarah talks about how she used to work, but now is on maternity leave and home with her children.

John: So we've been talking about women's roles in society. And are you a stay-at-home mom or a working mom?

Sarah: Well, I guess I'm both. Right now, I'm on maternity leave and I'm on month six of maternity leave.

John: What does that mean?

Sarah: So maternity leave is when you have a job but then you become pregnant or you're going to have a baby, maybe adopt, too. So you're going to have a baby, and so you take time off of work to stay home with the new baby.

John: Oh, I see. Do you still get paid?

Sarah: I do. I get about half of my wage. So I do still get paid and I'm very grateful for that. So I've been at home with the new baby for six months. And I'm going to go back to work next month.

John: Oh. What will happen with the baby?

Sarah: So I have two kids actually. I have a toddler and a baby. And both of them will go to daycare during the day.

John: I see.

Sarah: So I signed up for the daycare before the baby was even born. It's really hard to find good daycare that you can afford, that's near your house. So you have to start planning before the baby is even born if you're the type of person who wants to go back to work.

John: I see. I don't think many men worry about getting good daycare for their children…

Sarah: No.

John: When they think about their jobs.

Sarah: No. Even when there's a family, and the mother and father both work, still it's the mother that has to do everything with the kids, usually. Usually, the mom has to for example, get the bag ready for the kids to take to daycare. They have to arrange the daycare. They have – the daycare has the mother's phone number, usually.

And so, the mom has to do a lot of extra work even though mom and dad both have full time jobs.

John: I see. Are you saying that things should be different?

Sarah: Yes. I think things should be different. I'm so lucky my husband agrees with me. And my husband, he drops the kids off at daycare and he picks them up and he does the laundry and the dishes. And it helps me to be – and it helps me focus on my career so that I can stay late at work if I need to. I can go to an extra meeting on a weekend. And it makes me feel more fulfilled that it's not my husband's job that comes first.

A lot of times women make less money than men and they put their job second to their husband. And it's not equal, and it's not fair. And so, I think that people should work on making things more equal.

John: Well, I agree with you.

Sarah: Thank you.

Answer these questions about the interview.
Audio Lessons about Phrases and Vocabulary

stay-at-home mom


Are you a stay-at home mom or a working mom?

A stay-at-home mom does not have a job. She stays home to take care of her children. Notice the following:

  1. Many women now want to be stay-at-home moms.
  2. Being a stay-at-home mom is like a full-time job.

maternity leave


I'm on maternity leave.

With maternity leave, a worker, usually a woman, can leave work to care for a new baby and then return to work later in the future. Notice the following:

  1. She'll be gone for three months on maternity leave.
  2. Most companies now offer maternity leave.



I get about half my wage.

A wage is how much a person is paid for their work. Notice the following:

  1. Wages for skilled labor are usually very high.
  2. I earn the minimum wage. Just 10 dollars a hour.



I am very grateful for that.

When you are grateful for something, you are very thankful for it. Notice the following:

  1. I am grateful for your help.
  2. She didn't seem grateful for the favor.



It is really hard to find good daycare that you can afford.

Daycare is a place or service where parents can leave their children while they work. Notice the following:

  1. She takes her kids to daycare on her way to work.
  2. Once children start school, they usually do not need daycare.

drop off


He drops the kids off at daycare.

When you drop someone off, you take them to their destination and then drive away. Notice the following:

  1. The taxi dropped me off at the hotel.
  2. Can you drop me off at school on your way to work?

Vocabulary Quiz

wage • stay-at-home • maternity
grateful • daycare • drop
  1. She is away on leave.
  2. I am for your help.
  3. I took my kids to the .
  4. I will my mom off at her shop.
  5. I would love to be a dad.
  6. He earns the minimum .

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