Do you hear the rumble of flak in the distance? The “Mommy Wars” have intensified. One side of the political arena made a controversial comment about a mom on the other side of the aisle. And everything exploded.
May I say, as a mom that has mostly been a stay-at-home mom for 30 plus years, both sides have a lot in common.
- Both moms are slaves to the clock—some more intensely
- Both actively work—some receive monetary pay
- Both experience loneliness in the midst of their vocation on occasion
- Both passionately defend the choices they’ve made
- All moms have self-doubt at some point in their lives, uncertain if they always make the right choices for their child(ren)
A ‘mother’ is defined as a woman who has a child. Simple, right? Further definitions include a woman who acts as a mother when she has not given birth, someone that protects and nourishes.
Life-giving, strong moms birth defenseless babies to produce mature adults.
The end goal is for our children to be mature, functioning, productive citizens of our country. We moms steadily work ourselves out of a job for often harried 18 amazing years.
Does it really matter if we worked for pay or not while raising kids? We all must figure out life and how to do it to the best of our ability. And I think part of that ‘life’ is being supportive of each other.
I think we can agree it’s not an easy job being a mom. Let’s extend our “protective and nourishing” instincts beyond our offspring to our fellow sisters fighting in the fox hole of parenting. The war between the two hostile factions may ease and give what every mom truly wants…a moment of peace.