Being a Mom is my Vocation
I've been battling WAHM guilt every since Avery was born. I feel guilty when I have to work. I feel guilty plopping her in front of the TV or shrugging her away while I'm working. Then I feel guilty for not working enough. I feel guilty for not making enough money, for "not working as hard" as my husband or other work-outside-the-home moms, etc. Honestly, I sometimes feel guilty that I'm so happy being at home. I feel like I should want more. Like I should have some big calling like my friends have with their careers. I kept asking myself If I was lazy or just unmotivated to pursue some big career.
Then it hit me. Being a mom IS my calling. I may not get paid for it, but it's still my career. I get excited about mom things like figuring out a faster way to hang up the laundry or a new activity that Avery will love. I enjoy figuring out new recipes that are easy and healthy. How is that different then someone who gets excited about completing a merger or building the perfect spreadsheet?
I shouldn't feel bad about being happy where I am. I'm following my calling. Being a mom is my vocation the same way my friend's vocations are being a teacher or a doctor. We all get different salaries. That doesn't make one persons calling more or less valid then someone elses. My mom salary is $0. My WAHM salary is just barely enough. I'm making it work and I'm happy because I'm where I want to be.
Be gone WAHM guilt!