I have several points. Mothers should stay at home firstly because a it is believed that the mothers role is sacred. Mothers were believed to be the 'keeper of the house' as they were in charge of managing and running a families home including taking care of children. It has been like this, all the way back centuries before now. Lastly, childhood is the most important period of peoples life and mothers should always be there to help. Book smart or street smart? Good etiquette for bad behavior? Its all starts with a blossom. The mother staying at home for the first few stages of life. When a child just starts learning thing.
The big thing I'm seeing in looking through the comments is that we all agree that a parent should be at home with the kids. But the question seems to boil down to whether it should be the mother or the father. To that I say it's circumstantial. If both parents work before the kid, then probably the one with the better job should keep theirs. But mothers in general are very very good about supporting children. The reason they have been associated with raising children more than men is because they are typically better at it, also, more critical. Both parents are very essential. But women are better at taking care of kids. Why you have more women in child care, pediatrics, etc.
Mothers are better at housekeeping. The bond between mother and child is very important. The child would call for their mother when in danger like when there was a sinking boat in korea where children were on school trip. Many of them shouted for their mothers. Thus the proposition will win
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We've overburdened the day care system in this country by working jobs that pay just enough to pay for day care. It shouldn't neccesarily be the mother that stays home. Kids should have a supportive environment for the first few years of life. It should be decided what's best for individual families who should stay home and take care of the kids.
The world is now a two way street and women are not the only gender that have to stay home with the children. Fathers can also do this job adequately so if a women feels the need to work, then she should be allowed to. The child will get along just fine with the father as long as one parental figure is there.
No, Mothers should not have to stay home as either parent is a valid choice. In the interest of the well being of children, a parent staying home is a positive thing; however, this parent need not be the mother. A father is an equally valid choice and could benefit the children just as well.