Are mothers who strip bad parents???

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I recently had a debate with a friend of mine about the decisions single mothers have to make to support their children.  My friend is married, and has never had to raise children on her own.  I on the other hand am a single mother of 1.  So naturally our views were different.  Her view on women stripping to support their children is that it makes them bad parents.  Her argument is that there are too many other jobs available and that there is no reason she should choose to become an exotic dancer.  I could see her point….but still disagree for many reasons.  Because I am a single mother, I know how hard it is.  Just because there are jobs available out there, does not mean that they jobs where you can make enough money to support a household.  But even if there are jobs out there where the woman can make enough money, the decision to become a stripper is her decision, and should not label her a bad parent if that’s what she chooses to do.  However, there is a lifestyle that some strippers have that involves drugs, prostitution, alcoholism, etc… and getting involved in these things will make her a bad parent.  But simply stripping to support her family is not wrong in my eyes.  I believe that as long as you are not doing anything illegal, embarrassing your children in any way, putting your children in harm’s way or going against you own personal morals, then whatever decision you make to support your family is good parenting if you are doing it in the best interest of your family.

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~ by 1sweetreality on September 11, 2010.

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