Just a Stay at Home Mom (how liberation frees me to love my non-job)

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Thankful Tuesday to bring you my most recent guest post at Her.meneutics (the women’s blog for Christianity Today.) 

I am a product of the Second Wave Feminism of the 60s. By the time I was a child in the 80s, movies were full of women in shoulder-padded jackets at their corporate desks. The working mom was alive and figuring out her place in our culture. And my grandpa was picking me up after school and watching me until my mom got out of work.

I came into my role as stay at home mom slowly, with frequent hand wringing and deep doubts. I was in full-time ministry before that, in a form of work that demanded loads of energy, crazy hours, and a great community of support (especially during my son’s first year). . . [to read more of the post, click here.]

  • http://www.melissademing.com Melissa Deming

    loved your article!Thanks for the reminder!

  • http://everydayawe.wordpress.com Stephanie Spencer

    I read this piece on her.meneutics and thought, “I have to hop over to her blog! That’s me!” My husband’s job moved us from Wisconsin to Indiana this past summer. In Wisconsin, I was a children’s pastor. Here, I am a stay-at-home mom. I wasn’t sure what to expect in the transition, but have found the pace and the space a welcome change. My boys are young (4 and 1) and I relish the time I am able to spend with them right now. I’m not sure how long this season will last for me. I want to be open to wherever God leads me- whether it is to “just” stay home or to be back in traditional ministry or to do something new. My goal is to listen for his voice and glorify him with my actions, whether seen by many or just by those close to me. Thanks for the reminder today!

  • Liz

    Great piece, Micha. Not that you have to, but you actually are committed to an “art or science, to politics or profession”… you’re writer. :) That statement reminds me of many SAHMs of older generations who may not have brought in a paycheck but did participate in a variety of volunteer and community building efforts, etc. We’d all be in trouble without SAHMs – because those that do it well, like you, reach beyond the day to day needs of their own home to the homes of others (IHMO). I don’t stay at home, but as time goes on, I’m more and more convinced of benefits (to the family and the community) of having someone stay at home/not have full-time employment.


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X