I am 53, have 4 sons, my youngest is 18 and about to matriculate, and will be submitting his mission papers soon. I could write a book on the roller-coaster ride it has been raising these boys as a stay at home Mom, but suffice it to say it has been the best thing I could have done. When I meet new people and they ask me what do I do, my reply is always without hesitation and with no apologies, "I am a Mom and I am about to send my last young man into the world." (Of course we all know that that does not mean our work is done.) Please can I just salute all those mothers out there who leave their homes and go out to work because they have to, and still come home and do an incredible job. I also have friends who choose to work but in no way trivialise their role as mother. All in all, women are amazing and I am grateful for the amazing experiences, heartbreaking, joyful, fearful, proud, angry, funny etc, etc, never, never bored.
When I was in college, classmates would ask what I wanted to do with my degree. I told them I hoped to be a stay at home mom. They wondered why I would bother to spend the time and money on a degree if I wasn't going to use it. I always replied that I would use it to teach my children! I am so grateful to have two of them to teach.
Great article which places families in proper perspective
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