Monday, April 9, 2012

Staying Home: A Choice I Don't Regret

I truly believe in the quote I have at the top of my blog "You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once." ~Polish Proverb

Last week was the last meeting of my ladies bible class for the semester. This was a more social meeting with treats and drinks to wrap up the lessons. The ladies who coordinate the study materials for the class, came to celebrate with us. While getting to know each other, one of them congratulated me for being a stay at home mom. I humbly thanked her for that statement. 

This isn't the first time I've been praised for my choice, nor the first time I've felt the twinge of guilt from belittling it as a result of listening to the comments of others who don't find the value in it.

Sometimes it seems so hard to be a stay-at-home-parent (SAHP), not necessarily for the work that goes into it but the backlash you get from it. It is assumed that your life is terribly boring and when you decide to go back to work, they question why the break and wonder if you still have it. Some just don't understand. It's almost like they're saying "your days don't matter. They're not important enough. You have to be making money for them to be important." Even if I did work, I doubt it would be as entertaining as some our days at home. This child keeps me laughing! 

SAHP is truly a labor of love. I might not get paid monetarily, but my child is safe, happy, smart, and so much more. We are blessed. What more could I ask for? 

Are you a SAHP? Have you experienced negativity towards your choice?


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