I've had enough! Being a mom is not "opting out"!

The past few weeks, we've been inundated with stories about women who "opt out": that is, they "lean in" to our careers, stay put on the fast track, break that glass ceiling, show the boys who's boss.
choose to stay at home to raise their kids (and hey, feminists, isn't it all about women being able to make choices??) We're supposed to, instead,

I will not apologize: being a stay-at-home mom is NOT opting out. It's choosing. It's as valuable as anything any does at a "job" or in a "career", if not more valuable.

I spent 12 years at home with my kids. It was great, and it was hard. Certainly it was harder than the career I have now, but I sure wouldn't do anything differently. I wasn't opting out of anything. I was making the choice to put my kids first, to spend time with them all day, every day, to work at instilling faith and values in them, to help them overcome some of their disabilities and to get them off to the best start in life that Dear Husband and I could.

Being a mom full-time is not opting out. It opting FOR the child. Stop telling moms to feel guilty about it.

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