Stay-at-home moms: you don’t owe the world an explanation

I was very fortunate to have the *choice* to stay at home with my children when they were little. I didn’t do it gracefully and struggled with my inability to find balance between my family’s needs and my individual needs. I knew it was a snapshot in time that represented dividends that would be paid in the future. Now that I am in career mode (again) I remind myself often that these years with my children go faster than the human psyche can understand, but that the results of my presence with my kids will last a lifetime – their lifetime. No regrets. I was able to finish my undergraduate degree (summa cum laude), graduate with a master’s degree and a 4.0 from George Washington, and pursue earning a PhD in a STEM field that loves to hate women (which I find totally ridiculous). I regret nothing, however, I might have regretted not taking advantage of the opportunity of choice. I am grateful and see the results of ALL of my work on a daily basis. Haters? Eh. No time for that. Too busy focusing upon what’s really important. 🙂

The Matt Walsh Blog

To stay-at-home moms:

Once, several months ago, I wrote this post about you. It was a simple expression of gratitude for stay-at-home moms, particularly my wife.

It got some attention. It was viewed around three million times in two days, in fact.

Truth be told, I never intended to be an official spokesman for SAHMS across the nation. You do not require my services, nor am I equipped to provide them. Plenty of you can eloquently defend your vocation, and because you have experience in the arena, you can do so more richly and convincingly than I ever could.

I’m just a guy who loves his wife and appreciates the sacrifices she makes for the family. That’s really the entirety of my insight into this subject.

So it’s with appropriate hesitancy that I offer just one suggestion to all of you.

Here it is: don’t pay any attention to people like this.

In fact…

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4 thoughts on “Stay-at-home moms: you don’t owe the world an explanation

    • Thanks! You know how it goes – sometimes we feel like we’re talking to ourselves, but our children hear us…hopefully before we’re worn out from repeating things over and over…


  1. Congrats on all of it. I stayed home too – and given my circumstances, I’m doubly-triply glad I did. It was hard sometimes, of course; but I always said life lasts longer than childhood, and I knew they’d be gone before I knew it.

    Of course, I meant from my home, not from this world. But God am I grateful for the time I had with Philip.

    • 🙂 You are so right, for so many reasons. It’s interesting how difficult it was at the time to keep my focus with regard to the future rather than focusing upon my frustrations at the time. That time is priceless, no matter what happens in life.

      Hugs! D

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