You Are Never Just a Mom

Being a stay at home mom isn't easy. Hey, I'm being honest. It is a complete blessing, for sure, but easy? Never. We always dreamed that I'd be able to stay home with our kiddos, assuming we would actually have some. You all know that story right? I'm beyond thankful that we have been able to do so and I know that's not always the case. 

Today I want to talk about something. Something I find really important. It was just recently that I found words for it. It's come up multiple times for me and I thought I should share. We've all been there. We are talking to someone and the conversation turns to work. 

"What do you do?" they ask. "Me? Oh, I'm just a mom." you reply. 

I've said it. I've heard others say it. Heck, it is said enough that it was the focus of one of the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) MomCon classes. If that doesn't say we are all struggling with our value, I don't know what does. And that is the core I think. Our value. You can argue with me but I still say in 99.9% of cases I'm right. 

Do you know what "just a mom" does? Everything. She is a taxi, a cook, a housekeeper, a shopping assistant, a secretary, a therapist, a teacher, a Girl Friday if you will. She is a party planner, a nurse, and a photographer. You know what I think? Out there in the "real world" you could never get paid enough to do what you do. And, speaking of the "real world" much more real can it get as when your child throws up in your hands? Sorry, off topic there for a minute. 

I don't want to hear you (or me) making excuses for your JOB ever again. Don't forget what a blessing you are to your family. Don't forget you are a gift just as much as your kids are a gift to you. What you do matters. As Lisa-Jo Baker said at MomCon "We are mighty because we mother." and it is SO true!

You are not JUST a mom. You are so much more valuable than you realize. 

1 comment

Crystal Balzer said...

I needed this today! I struggle with this a lot.