When we married in 1965, my husband and I both knew I would be a stay-at-home mom. I worked after we were married for one year, until I got pregnant with our first child. We were so happy at the news.
My husband’s family wanted him to marry a “career girl,” and reminded me of this quite often. In my family, I was the only one who decided to be a full-time mom. All those years, I put up with relatives looking down on me, but I would never have done it differently. My husband worked long hours, but knew all was well on the home front. He always had a nice, hot meal waiting for him. The house was clean. The clothes were clean. The shopping was done. The yard was manicured. The cars were washed and taken in for maintenance. Most importantly, I was with our four children every day. I volunteered at their school and our church. I sewed their costumes and choir dresses. Our family was well taken care of, and I do not ever regret how we raised them. We always had extra kids in our home, too, because there was someone there to feed them and care for them.
Our kids are long grown, and sadly I lost my husband to cancer four years ago. All three of our daughters and my daughter-in-law stay home with their children. And there are now twelve grandchildren. I love them all! Please keep reminding moms what is most important in life – not a career, not a new car, not a bigger house or fancy vacations. Their children and husband come first. By the time your children are grown, there’s still plenty of time for a job. Thank you, Dr. Laura for continuing to stand up for stay-at-home moms.
My Husband’s Family Wanted Him to Marry a “Career Girl”