Had you met me even 5 years ago this would have been my opening statement: “Hello, my name is Francis. I have served in the Navy, I have traveled the world, I got a degree in Computer Information Systems, and I’m so excited about Working!!”
I was a walking resume! I thought if I just said “Hello, My name is Francis. I am a stay at home Mom.” It wasn’t enough? Enough for me or for my friends? I just wanted to be more!! My boys were young and I was new at the “Mom” thing! I was taking for granted the huge title “Mom” is!!
The responses when I say today: “I am a stay at home Mom” are: “Are you looking for work”, “Must be nice”, “You want to stay home?”. Very seldom does someone just say “Awesome” and mean it! My Husband said that it was because it was no longer common to have a single income family. Is that it??
I mean why can’t we praise “Stay at Home Mom’s” a bit more? Not that praise is needed but accepted. I am bringing back the “Stay at Home Moms” position in a good way!!
No longer will I introduce myself with my past experiences or titles. I am finding an amazing joy in being a Stay at Home Mom, and I want that to define me! I am now simply: Francis the Stay at Home Mom! Who are you?
P.S. I can’t imagine what “Stay at Home Dads” have to deal with! If it is easier or if we make it personal? I would love to hear from you!