Friday, February 5, 2016

What Stay at Home Moms Had to Say to Working Moms

Specific words from stay-at-home moms-
I am so thrilled to share this with all of you. This is some of the awesome stuff I got from some of my friends/readers who are stay at home Moms. I hope it encourages you and gives you more of a sense of camaraderie. We are all in this together. All Moms are Working Moms and we need each other.

"I know you feel guilty about not spending enough time with your kids. But I want you to know, it's never enough. If I read to my kids for two hours, they want three hours. If I prepare three delicious meal with local organic ingredients from scratch, plus two snacks, they want another snack. If I hold the baby for five hours, she still cries when i finally put her down. The truth is, whether you're with your kids full time or not, you'll never be enough for them. You'll never be enough period. But the Holy Spirit in you is enough. Jesus in you is enough. The more honest you can be about your limitations as a mom, and the more you can point your kids to the only One who will ever be enough, the more you can all relax and enjoy each other."

 "I admire your commitment to your career, family, self. I respect the way you juggle home and work. I look forward to joining your ranks in coming years, and I know I'll be leaning on you for advice on how to do it all!"

"I remember being in your shoes, when my almost three year old was a baby. I had to work just a month after he was born. Ugh my heart ached at the thought that I had to leave him behind, with tears covering his little face. I remember counting the minutes before five so I could log out of my computer, sprint to my car and then speed to try to get home to spend at least an hour with my sweet boy before he had to go to bed. I know how difficult it is for most moms to have to leave their baby behind, its difficult, it's a huge sacrifice! I  just hope and pray that you don't feel any less of a wonderful mom just because you have to work. You are a woman who God created and placed in the work field for His ministry. I believe that wherever God places you there is a place for Him, if you let Him. Those people around you need to know who Christ is, they need to watch you live it, your children are watching you make sacrifices so they can have a better life, don't ever forget that. Don't waste your time thinking less of you, spend your time actually praising God that you have the capacity to be able to work, to be able to help your family with finances, thank God for using YOU! As a tool to spread His Gospel in the work field. Hold on to His promises and stay faithful in prayer! Much love to each of you!"

"I've been on both sides of the spectrum, so I feel like I know how both the working and stay at home moms feel. The truth is.....there isn't a right or wrong answer here. The ultimate goal is to do what is best for your family. Whether that be staying home or working, either choice should be respected. I repeat, either choice should be respected. And, do you want to know a secret? Both moms are going think about what it would be like to be in the other one's shoes. It's true! Working moms think about what it would be like to stay at home with their kids, while stay at home moms think about what it would be like to work. Nothing is perfect and there are pros and cons to either choice. I think that whichever end of the spectrum we end up on, whether we chose our side or not, we should celebrate ourselves as the great mothers and providers that we are rather than making ourselves feel less than for which end we are on. God always has a plan for us and I trust that He has me right where he wants me at this moment. Blessings and happiness to all of you."

"Sweet working Mamas, I salute you! Just one year ago, I was right there with you, dropping the littlest off at daycare and taking the other two to school with me. I wondered if I spent enough time with everyone, and teared up the first time my toddler called me by the baby-sitter's name. But you are doing great work, my friend! You're providing for your families. Your kids see you reaching your goals, and you're setting a good example that you have to work for what you want.
Working moms, you do your job, and then come home and work some more. Having a job doesn't exempt you from the dishes, soccer practice, or bath time. You're doing it all.
I'm so proud of you. Keep up the good work! :)

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