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Jodi (left) is a pampered Manhattan socialite and mom. Lynn (right) is a mother who drives a school bus and chops wood for a living. Neither could really imagine what life would be like in the other wife's shoes—be it work boots or Manolo Blahniks!

Jodi and her husband Steven have three children—and four nannies to care for them. Jodi doesn't work, but she is not a stay-at-home mom either. Jodi's main priority is what she calls "me time."

"'Me time' is going to the gym, then getting my hair blown out and getting my manicures and pedicures," Jodi says. "You know, going out with my friends—children at the end."

In rural New Jersey, Lynn lives in the house she built with her husband, Brad. She gets up at 5:30 a.m. and chops wood for three hours every morning, and never misses a day of work. She also does the family's cooking and cleaning.

"The mother's role in the house is to take care of the family and home, and make sure everybody's needs are all taken care of," Lynn says. "I don't think money can buy happiness. Love buys happiness. Material things mean nothing, because if you don't have friends and family, you don't have anything."
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Published on September 24, 2004

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