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!

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    11/05/14
    5Melissa
    Good for you, Taylor!! You are making the choice to have the best of both worlds, and noone should be making you feel bad about it-not even yourself! Don't think for one second that anybody else you know works harder than you do.....they don't have to do their jobs with a little one to care of at the same time! I am also a WAHM, and even when I wasn't making a decent salary, I knew that in time I would get there, and that I was doing it for the right reasons! I'm so happy that you have taken the initiative to do what YOU know is right for you and your baby!
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    About Taylor
    Current: Chanhassen, Minnesota
    Birth: July 26
    On Moms.com since: Dec 18, 2013
    I'm the proud mama of my daughter Avery, born on June 6, 2013. I'm 26 years old, I work from home as a graphic designer, I will be testing for my 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2015. My husband, Derek, and I have been happily married for 3 years.