Just a mother

Tiger moms, soccer moms, hockey moms, working moms, stay at home moms — there are so many different parenting styles, but there is no one right or wrong way. Yet instead of embracing that, some people still allow themselves to criticize those who choose to take a different path. And moms seem to judge each other the harshest.

Matt Walsh isn’t a mom, but he is one cool guy, for the way he’s sticking up for his wife and SAHMs (Stay at home moms) everywhere.

Matt’s recent blog post is a response to those who look down on SAHMs because they are “just mothers.”

“Yes, she is just a mother. Which is sort of like looking at the sky and saying, ‘hey, it’s just the sun.'”

Matt’s post isn’t saying that the ideal, simplistic idea of SAHMs is better than the ‘superwomen’ moms that work and manage families. He even says, “I don’t cast aspersions on women who work outside of the home…I’m not looking to get into a fight about who is ‘busier.'” He’s simply defending one side from the condescending remarks of the other.

Check out his post: You’re a stay-at-home mom? What do you DO all day?

The typical image of family is rapidly changing. No longer is it the dad going to work everyday from 9 – 5 and the housewife mom staying home and taking care of the kids. This change, along with more freedom for women in the workplace, is causing the number of SAHMs to dwindle. But just because they are rare, doesn’t mean they are any less important. After all, diamonds are extremely rare, yet they are valued immensely.

I know if I didn’t have a SAHM growing up, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Parenting requires sacrifice and whether moms choose to work or not, at the end of the day there’s always something that they’re sacrificing, and I respect that.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Men are what their mothers made them.” So instead of arguing about which type of mom is better, can we all agree that mothers are monumental? If the goal of motherhood is the same, why does it matter what moms do to achieve that?

For the people that say SAHMs don’t ‘do anything’, remember: “Whatever they are doing, they ARE doing something, and our civilization DEPENDS on them doing it well.”

Respect. Let’s try to give more of it. Working or staying at home, motherhood is one of the most important jobs in society.


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