Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Why don't we hear this more?

I came across this article from the Washington Post on Facebook.  I had to share, both on my own page and here.  I loved this article.  It made me feel proud to be a SAHM.  (Stay at home mom!)  I started thinking about it though.  Why don't more people acknowledge this?  Why aren't moms screaming from the rooftops the long list of endless work motherhood entails?  That would no doubt snuff out much of the criticism.     Perhaps the answer to that question lies in the first line of the last paragraph in the article.  Being a stay-at-home-mom is a choice.  There is nothing in the world a man or woman can love more than a mother loves her babies.  So she's not going to complain about her job.  If she's upset and overworked, it's not because she hates being a mother.  It's because she's worried that despite her exhaustion, she still might not be doing enough.

You may also read the article online here.


  1. You don't hear it more because it is a choice, but it is not as popular a choice among feminists as choosing to end the whole child-rearing process prematurely.

  2. It sure is a choice. And I am a better person for it. (Im a recovering feminist. At least in the need to be equal to men in everything category) I know I am better at staying home than my husband is and also more blessed for it. ( but i have met some great stay at home dads i must say)

  3. I reposted the article on FB and added the point that you do all of the above and manage on one income. It was rough taking the scorn that came from some of my colleagues and society in general in the early 80's. Those years truly did race by, and now it is mostly all in hindsight for me. It was one of the best choices I have ever made and will ever make.