When I was in the first grade, my teacher asked the class “What do you want to be when you grow up?” All I knew and believed in was a traditional household, where my father worked to provide for us, and my mother was the stereotypical “June Cleaver” wonderful mom. So, while the other kids said things like doctor, lawyer or teacher, I raised my hand and said “I want to be an amazing mom.”
37 years later, I got an education and had a creative career in interior design prior to having children. Once the babies were born, I stood by my early career choice to be a great mom, which I interpreted as being a mom who was present. Today, I manage to teach Pilates and well-being classes part time when my kids are at school, but household and family are my number one priority!
I am grateful for the gift of motherhood and the opportunity to be present as their teacher, doctor, lawyer, therapist and sometime friend. To all your listeners who question the option of being a stay-at-home mom, I hope my message of staying home and loving your family first wholeheartedly resonates with them. I have no regrets whatsoever. I would raise my hand higher in that first-grade class and give the same answer today. I’m thankful to my mother and grandmother for passing the torch to me, which I will, in turn, pass on to my daughter.
I Made My Career Choice in the First Grade
The Dr. Laura Call of the Day Podcast