A question on every woman’s mind when they find out they are going to be a mom is “do I go back to work or do I stay home?” Society has changed so much from the 50s. Back then, women would be frowned upon for leaving their children with someone else. Society believed that a woman’s role is home with her children. Today is the complete opposite. Women get frowned upon for staying home because in today’s world women need to be just as independent as men. I thought I was going to be a working mom. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, I was working at an early learning center and loving every minute of teaching. Then, I held my baby boy for the first time. I looked at him and I knew I couldn’t leave him with someone else.
I was so afraid I was going to miss out on all of his firsts. The first time he rolled over. The first time he sat up. The first time he crawled. His first steps. His first words. I was even afraid of the small things in life that I would miss out on. I knew, I needed to be here, every day with him. Some women don’t get that privilege and I can’t imagine it.
I’m going to be really honest right now. I am not a feminist. I don’t need to have all the equality a man has. I love the idea of staying home, raising my children, taking care of the house and being home when my husband gets there with dinner ready. I love being taken care of.
Staying home, gives me the opportunities to spend time with my son, go on adventures with him, see friends, have play dates, hanging out with family. All I would miss if I was working. I can’t wait to bake cookies, build forts and make memories. To me, I would rather have more memories and less money than the other way around. You can’t get these years back with your children and time goes by way too fast. This, is why I chose to be a stay-at-home-mom. It’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely for me.