Is it a 'real job"? Seems a big deal has broken out . Unfortunately, it has broken out at a level of income that it hardly matters. The liberal point of view is stay at home moms have no clue on economics. The conservative view is it is a noble calling. I say none of the people debating this issue in the "news" have a freakin' clue. Managing a mid sized house hold at an "average income" as a stay at home mom is a job. With out nannys or a bottemless budget. Stay at home moms (and dads) is a difficult job. It is a balancing act of budgeting, scheduling and performance that is admirable. Nothing against working moms. I mean that. It is a choice you make. Some family choose two incomes. Some choose one. There are advantages and disadvantages to both choices. But telling a stay at home mom they have no clue about economics... just wrong.