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Becoming A Stay At Home Mommy
Becoming A Stay At Home Mommy

I am an Orthodox Jewish mother of six who has been married almost 25 years.  I started listening to you when I was first married.  I had my first two children while I was still in college, and I "decelerated" my academic program so I could be home more with my kids.  When I graduated, I worked part-time and didn't realize that I even had the option of staying home with my children until after listening to you talk about it so often.

Surprisingly, I encountered the most objections from my mother, who had been a stay-at-home mom to me and my two brothers.  She was very concerned about my career.  My husband also was not very enthusiastic about the loss of income if I stayed home.  Our compromise was for me to work Sundays when my husband was home with the kids.

I was a stay-at-home mom for children 3 through 6, and my only regret is that I wasn't there as much for my first two children.  I cherish all the time I was able to spend with them, and I encourage others to stay at home and raise their kids too.  My daughter is now of marriage-age and has made it very clear that she will only marry someone who will support her being a stay-at-home mom.  What nachas!!  

Thank you for sticking up for values and morality.  I take it as a wonderful compliment when friends tell me that I am their "Dr. Laura."


Remember, all of you can send me "letters" too - by email!  Just sign into (or sign up for) the Dr. Laura Family - it's free - and tell us of your experiences. 

Tags: Choose Wisely-Treat Kindly, Motherhood-Fatherhood, Stay-at-Home Mom
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