17 Apr
2014
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Motherhood is Not My Job

Mortherhood is Not My Job

I’m never quite sure how to answer the question, “What do you do for a living?” My short answer: I raise people, but motherhood is not my job.

This post has been mulling in my brain all week. Social media has exploded, again, with painting being a mom as the hardest job in existence. My problem comes down to the word “job.” Parenting is a lifestyle. Mama is who I will forever be. It isn’t a hat I can, or would, choose to take off for some other line of work. Mother is who I am, not what I do.

I was chosen to raise these four babes of mine. I’m grateful each day for the responsibility and blessings this lifestyle has given me. My family has had deeper valleys than I could have imagined, but there is no other way I would choose to live this one life of mine. I have the privilege of leading a life closely entwined with five other people. They are not my coworkers or associates. They are the lights in my life.

I don’t see what I do as work and would never claim it as my job, no matter how many times Facebook begs me to type something in that box for where I work. The world of parenting is not a contest to see who can be the busiest, or who has the child with the most awards, or who gets the least amount of sleep. Parenting is a way for me to travel through this life of mine. It’s an opportunity not allotted to everyone, and that is not lost on me.

I’ll cook the meals, clean the house, wash the clothes, drive from here to there, and play with my children, not because it’s my job but because it is who I am.

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