It has recently been brought to my attention that some individuals still do not respect parents who put their career on hold to stay home with their children. As a stay-at-home Mom for five years, I must express my utter outrage at such implications. I worked harder staying at home and raising Robby than I did when I was a childless professional.
I was teaching, I could look forward to days off, weekends and summer
vacations. There was always an end goal--a marker that I could
anticipate during the stressful days. When I transitioned to staying at
home with Robby, the days off also evaporated. In reality, I haven't had
a real vacation since he was born!
Now that I'm working from
home, I am not longer the stereotypical stay-at-home Mom. I am still as
involved in Robby's life, I still cook the meals and I'm still
responsible for all of the household chores. The only difference is that
now my time while he is at school is used for work instead of caring
for him. I am busier now than at any other time in my life. I am
constantly working on a project, finishing up homework, or anticipating
the next meal. Again, there is no break in sight.
me when my contributions as a stay-at-home parent are minimized. I may
not put on professional clothes and drive into an office each day, but
my work is just as important and just as taxing as my professional
counterparts. It's time that all parents receive equal respect for their