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A group of mothers—both working and stay-at-home—participated in an Oprah Show discussion about how they made their decision to stay home or work.

Jallon, a school principal and mother of two toddlers, says, "I think staying home would be frustrating for me. I think it just might drive me crazy."

Lisa, the stay-at-home mother of two children, says, "I feel like, because I do stay home, I'm making my children a priority. If you're working outside of the home, they can't be your top priority."

Christian went back to work after staying home with her children for a year and a half. "I did not get the kind of satisfaction that I wanted to so I went back to work," she says. "I can't imagine going back to being a stay-at-home mom."

Whitney stays home with her 3-year-old daughter. "I think that every family should explore either the husband or the wife staying at home," she says. "You can never recapture that opportunity and explore and grow with your child."

Barbara, the mother of three, says she's glad that she decided to be a working mother. "If you don't have something that is your own, then your kids become everything. And you need to make that separation about what you're doing for your kids and what you're doing for yourself."

Watch as the working moms and stay-at-home moms debate which lifestyle is best. Watch
FROM: My Baby or My Job: Why Elizabeth Vargas Stepped Down
Published on January 23, 2007


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