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What Is a Jet-Set Housewife?

Teacher Frances Childs says the teenage girls she knows want to grow up to become doctors, lawyers, and housewives. She writes in the Daily Mail today that ambitious young women realize that educated and well-off "jet-set" housewives can actually have it all.

Childs claims American women would follow the lead of Dutch women, declining to work full-time and instead spending time with their children and enjoying hobbies, if only they didn't need two incomes. That's where the rich husband comes in. Not only will your husband's money keep you out of the office, but it will keep you out of the home, too, since you can presumably hire a nanny and housekeeper. Younger women, Childs says, "have realized that instead of spending the day listening to some bore drone on about sales figures, it might be more fun to go swimming with the children while the cleaner sorts out the house." She goes on:

Today’s breed of stay-at-home mother is impeccably turned out — after all, they're the only ones rich enough to be able to not work. Mostly in their late 20s, they're clad in designer gear and have the time to have their hair styled weekly at an upmarket salon.

If you ask me, jet-set housewives sound just like ladies who lunch.

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genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
Can I just say, love the picture. Priceless is a great movie! :)
stephley stephley 6 years
I thought I was lucky to stay home with my daughter for much of her first 5 years - it's a real privilege to help and watch a young person develop.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 6 years
*Let's see how...
jazzytummy jazzytummy 6 years
Let's how those impeccably turned out 20 somethings handle turning 40 with no discernible skills to support themselves, while their middle-aged rich husbands are out banging 20 years olds. Bummer.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 6 years
I think what gets tricky is when you marry for love, to someone who happens to be rich. I tested out staying at home because I finally had the option to do so, but I found it pretty empty. I'm going back to work starting next week:)
stephley stephley 6 years
What a stupid article.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
After my two degrees, having a stressful job, losing the job, and staying home because of it, I don't really mind being home for my two kids, while my husband works. If we didn't need two incomes, I'd be okay with staying home permanently.
GTCB GTCB 6 years
Can I be a jet-set house-husband? Man, a lot of guys would have a problem with their wives making more than them, but not me! Cha-ching!!! Woo hoo! I can stay home and mtn bike more.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
My 9 year old recently told me that she won't be going to college because she's going to do what I do, and she won't need a degree for that. I told her that it's my choice to stay home, but I did go to college and have a career first. The above sounds like kids watching the real house wives shows.
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