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. 🙂
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.
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