I was a working mom when my son was young. My husband didn't think women should stay home, but instead should be helping with the household income. So, imagine my surprise when I got roses and an envelope at work one day that said "For Your Boss." Inside the envelope was my resignation letter that my husband had written for me stating that I was needed at home and I was giving my 2 weeks' notice!
When I asked him why he had changed his mind, he said that he realized our son needed me at home and that we would be ok. That was more than twenty years ago. We added two daughters to our family and there were some financial struggles along the way but we have never regretted our decision.
My husband is a wonderful husband, father and provider. Our son is now happily married and our daughters have grown into fine young adults as well. And…I have been there for everything. I have been room mom, team mom, snack bar mom, you name it, I've done it. I was asked many times what I did all day since I didn't "work outside of the home." I responded with, "I do work outside of the home. I work every day to be there for my kids, their friends and their schools. I work to ensure that my children are productive, God-fearing citizens, who stand up for themselves. I work to make sure they love and care for those around them. Raising children doesn't just happen in the home, it happens outside the home and it is a lot of work. So, yes, I do 'work outside the home' and thank you for asking."
Thank you, Dr. Laura, for telling parents they need to be there for their children and it can be done. It is hard but the payoff is so worth it.
Raising Kids Doesn’t Just Happen at Home
The Dr. Laura Call of the Day Podcast