Honestly, I think being able to work and raise a family sets a huge (positive) example to my children. I work for both of my children, but particularly for my daughter. I want her to know her options, and I want her to know that it is okay for her to work if she desires to do so. I would love for her to be able to stay at home with her children if she wants, but I don’t want to make her feel like that is her only role. I want my son to be very supportive of his wife and whatever the Lord calls her to do.
What would the world be like for us without working women…working moms? I love, love, love my female obstetrician. Love her. I still love my eighth grade science teacher to this day. I love being able to talk to a lactation consultant who has nursed her own babies. I love working with female colleagues. I love the nurses and doctors that fussed over my son when he needed stitches. I love supporting moms that are passionate about owning their own businesses.
There are lots of jobs that women and men can do equally, but sometimes there is just nothing like talking to another woman or another mom. There’s just something about being able to identify with someone that has been through it, not just witnessed it. You can be a role model and a leader whether you work or stay at home, but there’s just something empowering about working a job sometimes. My kids see what I can do. My husband sees what I can do. I don’t always do it well, but I feel independent and invigorated at times. I feel accomplished and successful.
I also feel financially stable. If something happened to my husband, I could still provide quite well for my family. My income contributes significantly to our retirement. I have a post-graduate, doctorate degree. I plan to encourage my children to continue their education as much as possible, and I don’t want my daughter to think that she put all that work into her education and should give up a career in order to follow her calling. I want my kids to see that it is possible to help people and make a huge difference in the lives of others by working. I want them to learn that it is possible to have a job and to be there for them.
What do you hope your children gain from you being a working mother?