Hey Mama's, and Dads,
Just curious what quick, witty response do you give when people question your decision to be a SAHM. I was raised in a pretty alternative household, where both my parent's worked outside the home a lot. I always feel like my parent's, especially my Mom are judging me about my decision to put my career on hold (whatever that may be, i have a B.S in early childhood) to parent my son. I think she feels like I am not being a feminist, and just being a housewife.....which is SO far from how I feel. I LOVE my role as my son's mother, a step-parent and my husbands biggest cheerleader. I love being home, and being the CEO of my family, even if that means I bear the brunt of the domestics, cleaning, laundry, cooking, etc. I view parenting as my MOST important job ever.
Anyway...sorry this seems to have turned in to a bit of a rant, which i didn't intend, I just find myself feeling a bit judged by friends and family. My family is very career oriented, and my only other sibling is a VERY successful computer engineer, while I married a middle school history teacher and we more or less live on his humble income. To be fair...I do work part-time as a nanny, and doula, about 15-20 hours a week, but I often feel judged about this too, like I'm "wasting" my potential. I also love this life, I don't need very much money. My husband and I have 3 kiddos between the two of us and we live below our means, which isn't much, about 50,000 and feel like we have everything we need.
So SAHM.......how do you answer this questions? THANKS!