Today I want to talk to you about something that is near and dear to my heart: being proud of your role as a stay-at-home mom.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talk to a mom who, when describing her life, tells me that she is “just a stay-at-home mom.” “I used to be a teacher or I used to be an accountant, but now I’m just a stay-at-home mom.”
I graduated high school in 2004 (you’re doing the math in your head right now, right?) and just this week someone started a Facebook group for my graduating class. There is a thread where everyone is talking about what they are doing now. Time after time I’ve read, “well, after high school I became a ****, but now I just stay home and take care of my kids.” Maybe it’s just me, but I like to say, “well, after I graduated high school, I was just a nanny, then a bank teller for a few years, but now I’m a wife and mom!”
Sadly, I feel like our society has become one that says that having a career is more of an accomplishment than being a wife and mother. In fact, I remember being discouraged by friends and family when I made the decision to focus on family rather than a career.
Where is our mom pride?! You were proud to be a teacher, an accountant, a nurse–it’s time to be proud to be a mom! You are making a difference every single 3am feeding, every single playdate, every single batch of cookies, every single boo-boo kissed, every single color taught, every single day! You are shaping and raising the next generation of Americas. The time you spend with your children is SO important! No one will love your children the way you do. No one will care for them the way you do. No one will ever raise your children exactly as you would. You are priceless to your children!