Working Woman vs the Stay at Home Mom
Anyway. Getting off my soapbox... After hearing the recent statements of the SAHM I thought I would give some opinions. First of all, I am both. I have the privilege of mostly working from home. My kids maybe stay with a sitter 2 times a month. Other than that, they are with me. ALL THE TIME. All the time, because not only do I work and stay home with my kids, I have chosen to home school them. And although I wouldn't have it any other way, there are some days I want to pull my hair out.
Being a mother is the highest and toughest job a woman can have. Lets not forget that we are RAISING the next generation of politicians, businessmen and women, MOTHERS, doctors, lawyers, ext. I'm not saying that a working mom doesn't work hard. Its super hard to work and then come home and maintain the laundry, cooking, cleaning, homework, and everything else that comes with that. I know. I've been there too. But what I miss the most about working is the break. The break to clear your mind even if you are typing papers, answering phones, or juggling a mirage of company issues. Sure its stressful. But so is being at home 24 HOURS a day. The constant question answering, meltdown handling, and schedule organizing.
And on top of all of that, who are we to say that SAHM's can't have a grasp on the world around us? I'm sure there are some women who just don't care. But I'm sure there are just as many men. I want to stay on top of politics, the economy, our nation's security and the job market. And being the "sheltered" SAHM that I am can say that I'm pretty informed about most of it. I read a lot of books, stay on top of the news, and in my little "sheltered" side of the SAHM world can hold my own in a good debate.
Not only does a SAHM have to be a mom, but she has to be every aspect of our economy. Raising our children to be well rounded while juggling the day to day of that job. She has made a great sacrifice to give up some things to raise her children, which I truly believe that while our kids our young, is our highest calling. I know not all moms can do it. But I also know that not all moms have the guts to.
Posted by Casey Hanks