“If every woman made the same decision, how would my children learn that sometimes motherhood looks like going to work to put food on the table or stay sane or share your gifts or because you want to work and you’ve earned that right. And that other times motherhood looks like staying home for all of the exact same reasons.
As far as I can tell, no matter what decision a woman makes, she’s offering an invaluable gift to my daughters and me. So I’d like to thank all of you. Because I’m not necessarily trying to raise an executive or a mommy. I’m trying to raise a woman. And there are as many different right ways to be a woman as there are women.”
As many of you know I am a strong, independent & very opinionated person who believes in a woman’s choice in every form. My love for my gender & my fellow females is abundant. My passion for female equality is continually growing. I love the beauty we possess & the strength we share that no man could understand nor compete with.
My strong female side is pushing me to pursue a full time career. To show that a momma can be an amazing momma & still have a career she loves & follow her passion of working. I want to prove that choosing daycare doesn’t make you less of a woman nor does it make you more of a woman than any momma that chooses to stay home.
As I lay here listening to the soft breathing of my babes, I dream of the life I want for them. I dream of what I hope I can teach them & what I hope they learn from having me as a mother. I hope that I can teach them to be strong & that they can accomplish anything. That they can be who they choose to be & be proud of the choices they make. I hope that I can teach them that there are many different ways to be a woman & that my path or the path of any other woman might not be theirs. To listen to others with different opinions & learn from them. To know that they can do whatever it is they choose to do.
I know that many would disagree with me. Many would say that putting my children in daycare is putting myself & my desires above my children’s needs. Please, let me promise you that my children are my world. I would go to the ends of the earth to protect them & to make sure they’re well taken care of. For me to be the mother I want to be & to keep the sanity that is needed of me to be a mom, I need this. I need the drive, the interaction & the pursuit of a career. For me, for who I am.
I can’t thank every woman in my life enough for showing me that I can be who I want to be & still be an amazing mom. To my mother who sacrificed so much to stay home with me. To be by my side every step of the way & still is. Who followed her desire & her will to be home. Thank you for teaching me what being a momma looks like. To my best friends sister, April. For raising three absolutely beautiful girls all while working full time & giving every other moment to her babies. For showing me that being career driven & a mom is possible. Thank you for being a woman I look up to.
To every other woman that chooses to work, to stay home, to have children or not have children, thank you. Thank you for being you & loving who you are & the choices you make. I hope that my babies learn from every one of you just like I have.