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Email of the Day: Motherhood IS a Career!

By Dr. Laura on April, 21 2022
Email of the Day: Motherhood IS a Career!

My high school daughterโ€™s homework assignment was to ask her parents if they went to college and how many career changes they had made โ€“ in other words, did going to college or not make a difference in their career path?


I have always regretted not going to college. At first, I told my daughter I made four career changes in my life. I worked at jobs that allowed my children to always be at home with either me or my husband. I am not a fan of daycare. I didnโ€™t want to pay someone else to do the job I wanted, which was raising my children.


After thinking more about it, I told my daughter to change my response to โ€œI have had one career and that is being your mother.โ€ This change in perception has given me newfound confidence. Iโ€™m very proud of the career Iโ€™ve chosen. Iโ€™ve been โ€œon the jobโ€ for 25 years. My daughter wants to be a mother someday, and the careers that interest her the most are the ones that will allow her to be a full-time mom.


For any mother who feels unsuccessful because she is putting her children first instead of investing in a career, all I have to say is that motherhood IS a career, and a great one at that!



Motherhood IS a Career!


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