Today I preach. It’s more than enough to stay home with your babies. It’s beautiful, its traditional, it’s rewarding and it’s damn hard. Why are we made to feel like it’s never enough?
There are many incredible women who have had the courage to admit to themselves that the home is not a long-term place for them. They may have realized that they are better mothers when they spend the day at their craft and return home to be one with their babies. These equally championed mothers prefer some time to recharge. It allows them a moment to miss their children and at the end of the day, be their best selves together with them. Bravo and rock on, go ahead and climb that ladder. Woot freakin’ woot!
We won’t forget the mom who must return to work to assist in feeding her family, the mom who will lose her job otherwise, or the single mother with 2 jobs that only wishes she could stay home. As a community of mothers moving forward, let’s commit to support the decisions of our sisters rather than judge harshly and unknowingly.
Onto the preaching I promised. I feel lucky to have succeeded in getting under the skin of some of us moms, mostly those newer at the job. I’ve heard stories of struggles, of the everyday rewards and rollercoasters and I can’t believe the underlying theme among us sexy homemakers! We aren’t as proud as we should be to simply say that “WE STAY HOME”!
Why don’t we feel that it’s good enough? Why do some people make us feel that way? What has this modern world done? It’s fantastic that we’re becoming closer to equal and rising above some thankfully ancient oppression but let’s not forget the rewards, the courage, the stamina, and the strength that it takes to stay home with your babies!
Don’t get me wrong ladies, it’s helpful to find a personal outlet other than your four walls where you may spread your pretty wings and tweak your interests. Me? I write. And what it does is make me better and more committed to my choice to be home with my kids. We are witnessing the firsts, the too-short stages and the lasting memories. We are continuing their education at home. This used to be rewarded and respected. It should still. It IS “work” and we should be proud.
It’s enough… so that’s enough!