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My Children's Other Mom, Hilary Rosen

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There is something just wrong with people twisting concerns for women and jobs into mom-on-mom conflict.

Here is the thing: Hilary Rosen is an amazing, loving and dedicated mother to our twins. I have absolutely no doubt Ann Romney and Hilary spend most of their waking hours worrying about the same things: how to best support their children in this complicated world. They both know the most important and central issue for children is that they are loved -- and safe.

When Hilary voices concerns over women and jobs what she is really saying is that most women -- and moms especially -- worry day in and day out about how to make it all come together at the end of each day. How to make ends meet, while juggling school bags, soccer balls and healthy lunches -- not to mention the magic tricks with time to to squeeze out those precious hours to be with our children each day.

Stay-at-home moms -- and dads -- are an amazing gift to any child. And Hilary stayed at home for a couple of years when our kids were young for that reason. But almost no one can afford it. And that is what all parents have to figure out in these economic times.

Let's take off the gloves, women of America -- because this is a manufactured battle over things on which we mostly agree. And frankly, I don't want our kids to be the subject of any battle.

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