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I was talking with one of my very best friends last night, and something that she said struck a chord with me. She confided in me that she feels down on herself sometimes because all of her friends have gone to college and gone on to start their careers, and she is “just a mom.” A fantastic mom, mind you. It got me thinking.
Our society pushes so hard for women to “make something of themselves,” “do everything a man can do” and “chase their dreams,” but seldom does it slow down and tell women that it is okay to want to be “just a mom.” That It’s okay if their goals and aspirations are to snuggle sleepy bodies and wipe runny noses. It’s okay if their ambition is to make sure that little people are happy and entertained, and to pick up the same toys for the thousandth time in a day. You don’t have to be a mom and something else. You can want to be “just a mom” and that is okay. It is a beautiful and worthy calling, and much harder than anyone realizes.
On the flip side, it is okay to be a mom with a career. It is perfectly okay to have goals and to crush them in the workplace. To be everything that you want to be. It is okay to trust your children to spend time with someone else and allow them to play and learn. That is completely okay, too.
We need to stop mom-shaming on either side! The most important thing is that we as women become who God designed us to be and pursue whatever calling it is that He has placed on our lives. And that our children know that they are loved and cherished, no matter what.