When we have children, we immediately add on a new identity of “MOM” that we hold near and dear to our hearts and at other moments wish we could shed, if only briefly, so we wouldn’t have to constantly worry so much.
I’ve talked to many mothers who don’t appreciate themselves enough for all they do. I remember when I was a stay-at-home mom, at times frazzled and overwrought, I felt like I wasn’t good enough because I wasn’t keeping up with my career. When I began to meet other stay-at-home moms around me as my children grew I was shocked at what they did (and I realized I did, too). They were juggling a schedule for feeding, changing, cleaning, teaching and amusing children and keeping them SAFE, which may not be rocket science, but it is an art – as well as a demanding job.
I am impressed by moms who hold demanding jobs both inside and outside the home, like my sister-in-law. She travels all over the world- Singapore, China, South Africa, Poland, and more for her job. Still, she has the energy to stay connected with what is going on in her daughters’ lives and catches up with the family routines as soon as her plane touches ground.
I know low income struggling moms who are working, studying and raising kids and I have no idea how they manage to do what they do. I am in awe.
Moms are doing amazing things. Why not blow our own horns?