Inside: Being a stay at home mom and homemaker is important. How do we forge ahead in a society that doesn’t value us as God does? A woman’s place is in the home isn’t a derogatory quote, but rather a quote of importance. In order to influence and affect generations to come, a woman needs to spend time in her home.
Today I’m sharing in a series at “Training Keepers of the Home with Stephanie Malcolm.” Her site is a wealth of information for homemakers. This is a lost art, but it’s an important job that has far-reaching effects.
I hope you’ll check out Stephanie’s site.
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When I was in college, there was no doubt that when I graduated, I would join the workforce. When I became pregnant as a newly married senior in college, I didn’t even think I would take the normal 6-week maternity leave.
I was taught to believe smart women worked, and those who stayed home couldn’t wait to return to work when the kids went back to school.
Then, little Liv came and this delicious, chubby baby stole both my heart and my desire to be anything other than mommy and homemaker. As the days of returning to work came closer, my heart felt ripped apart.
I couldn’t return and for the last 16 ¾ years, I have stayed at home as a mom.
Our Calling as Moms
As my littlest gets closer to school age, I’ve had numerous people ask me if I’m excited to return to work. When I say I’m not returning to work, these people look at me like I’ve grown an extra head.
Why has society turned being a mom and homemaker as something that’s bad?
In 2017, 70% of mothers with children under the age of 18 years old were in the workforce, with 75 % of these mothers working full time.
I get it; some women would love to stay at home, but they need to work for their families. Other women can’t stay home because their kids are better served being watched by someone else.
However, what about us who choose to be home? Why can’t society see the value in moms/wives choosing to stay at home whether their kids are at home or not?
The Calling of a Stay At Home Mom
Why should we be made to feel deprived or like a freak of nature?
If I’m honest, these years at home have been hard mentally. I’ve felt guilty for wasting a college degree and frustration at the lack of mental stimulation. I’ve had moments where writing out the words “homemaker or mother” have brought me shame and made me feel worthless.
As I look back, I feel embarrassed I have felt like this. When I look at what God says, I should be wearing these words as though they are a badge of honor.
Losing the Significance of Mothering
Could the devil like to have us feel this way so we aren’t content with the calling God has for us?
Most people can say that family is the most important thing in the world, but yet, why doesn’t society put high esteem on moms and homemakers?
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