I have been thinking of Hilary Rosen's comment about Ann Romney "never working a day in her life". Okay maybe she didn't mean it the way it came out, maybe she was talking about working out of the home, maybe she just spoke before thinking. We've all done that. But this did create a stir and bring up a not so new misconception of stay-at-home-moms. "Satan is always attempting to undermine the most precious element of a woman's divine nature—the nature to nurture. "Mothers and Daughters," Ensign, May 2010, 20 I see this as just another attempt. At first I was irritable. Now I'm not. I got it all out on my tablet while I waited for my daughter to play her tennis match yesterday. Yes, it's a bit sarcastic. Please forgive me. It was a much better option that egging Hilary R's house.
I'd like to help you feel better about the comment you're getting so much back-lash for. I, like Ann Romney, am a stay-at-home-mom. I think if you could see a day at my house it would give you something to show others- trust me it will verify what you said is true.
No, I don't want responsibility. This gives me more time to spend at the salon and I never have to break my nails scrubbing floors or cabinets. I'm sure this is why my husband is so supportive of my being at home. I have much more time to spend being lazy eye-candy.
After I wrote this I felt better. Honestly, I don't need the approval of this woman or anyone else, to know that what I do is the most important work on this earth- and I doubt Ann Romney is so insecure that she needs it either. President David O. McKay said, "This ability and willingness properly to rear children, the gift to love, and eagerness, yes, longing to express it in soul development, make motherhood the noblest office or calling in the world. (Gospel Ideals, Salt Lake City: Improvement Era, 1953, pp. 453-54)."
Many of us make the choice to be a stay-at-home-mom when we do have other options. In the Miss Teen pageant in Hollywood CA, many years ago, an agent heard me sing and approached us about getting me on tour opening for already successful artists. I was thrilled! I'd dreamed of this but didn't actually think it would ever happen. It was so tempting. But something inside told me if I did this I would not bring my future children up the way God intended. I chose to be a mom instead of follow that dream career. I don't regret it, and never have, although I miss performing on stage terribly. I'd love to just belt it out in front of a few hundred thousand people but I know what I've chosen to do is much more a worthy calling. I chose to bring my children into this world and I choose to raise them. Now this isn't to say I haven't worked outside the home, even now I teach First Aid and CPR classes on the side, but I've done everything I can to be home. For the last three years I've taken care of a live-in disabled person. I did daycare and preschool for 14 years. But not consecutively, when things have gotten rough and I couldn't find enough kids to watch I've had to work, even full time to help make ends meet. I was the trainer and supervisor of a Market Research company for 3 years and have over 6 years in customer service and collections. I don't criticize anyone for having to work. I've been there, and I know how hard it is to have double duty, especially when you want to be at home with your kids. I don't criticize those who choose to work, although I do feel sorry for your children. Not because you're not there with them, but because your heart is not there with them. Some may think that's harsh of me- it's honest though. The most important thing we can be in this lifetime is the parent of our child.
" 'After all, to do well those things which God ordained to be the common lot of all mankind, is the truest greatness. To be a successful father or a successful mother is greater than to be a successful general or a successful statesman.' (Juvenile Instructor, 15 Dec. 1905, p. 752.) . .
I spent many years as a daycare mom feeling I cared more about children than some of their parents did. I remember poor Kelly who was in my daycare from 7am until 6pm each night. When she turned 5 she asked that her mom stay home for one day and play with her. That's what she wanted for her birthday. Instead she got a bike among other toys (which she opened at 6am so mom could get to work on time). The day she turned 5 she cried on and off for the whole day. No matter how much I loved her, played with her, cuddled her, tried to distract her, I was not a replacement for her mom. It broke my heart. This was a pattern in their lives. Kelly's mom had her child and her career. She had it all. Too bad Kelly didn't.
"If you are a mother, you participate with God in His work of creation—not only by providing physical bodies for your children but also by teaching and nurturing them. If you are not a mother now, the creative talents you develop will prepare you for that day, in this life or the next."Happiness, Your Heritage," Ensign, Nov. 2008, 119
This is not the life of the lazy. Being a mom takes time, effort, labor.
One last thing. Ms. Rosen made a comment about Mitt Romney listening to his wife who was a stay-at-home-mom and out of touch with the world as being old fashioned. I'd like to say that old fashioned isn't always bad. Some things that are old fashioned should stay. After all, if something's not broke don't fix it. Like integrity, hard work, and monogamy, good ol' fashioned family values isn't something to change. I hope all husbands will listen to their wives, whether they work in or out of the home.
I feel sorry for you Ms. Rosen. It may be presumptuous of me but I fear that in your pursuit of self-fulfillment you've missed something very vital to the salvation and happiness of the souls around you. You've forgotten to appreciate the choices of other very strong women and recognize them for what they are. You've forgotten that we are all sisters who need to support each other rather than criticize, this life isn't easy for any of us. We may each go about things differently than each other but we are all important, and all daughter's of a God that loves us. Yes, even you. Please take it easy on those daughters that are doing his most noble work.
I'd love to know your thoughts. Feel free to comment. If you leave your blog link I'll comment back as well.