The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

What­ever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.
– Philip Stan­hope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

I hate the term “work­ing mom” because it implies that moms who are not employed do not “work.” My wife is a stay-​at-​home mom and she works plenty hard. More impor­tantly, she works hard at things that mat­ter. And the fact that she is not spend­ing 40+ hours of her week focus­ing on not being a mom means that she is able to do things for our fam­ily that a “work­ing mom” sim­ply can’t. There sim­ply aren’t enough hours in the day.

On Moth­ers Day, I salute all moth­ers who put their fam­i­lies first, espe­cially my wife. When our son was born, she left the busi­ness world to be a full-​time mom and wife. Our two chil­dren (and I) have ben­e­fited in count­less ways from this deci­sion, which she and I made together even before we were mar­ried. She has always been there, from play­ing with my son when he was an infant to being there when my daugh­ter comes home from high school and needs advice or just some­one to talk to.

Our parish bul­letin con­tained a page of quotes about Moth­er­hood today. One that par­tic­u­larly stood out is:

Moth­er­hood is not a hobby, it is a call­ing.
It is not some­thing to do if you can squeeze the time in.
It is what God gave you time for.”

This per­fectly sums up my wife’s call­ing to be a mother. Today let us reflect on the fact that many of the ills fac­ing our soci­ety today could be solved if more women felt the same calling.

Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.
– Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

I hate the term “working mom” because it implies that moms who are not employed do not “work.” My wife is a stay-at-home mom and she works plenty hard. More importantly, she works hard at things that matter. And the fact that she is not spending 40+ hours of her week focusing on not being a mom means that she is able to do things for our family that a “working mom” simply can’t. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day.

On Mothers Day, I salute all mothers who put their families first, especially my wife. When our son was born, she left the business world to be a full-time mom and wife. Our two children (and I) have benefited in countless ways from this decision, which she and I made together even before we were married. She has always been there, from playing with my son when he was an infant to being there when my daughter comes home from high school and needs advice or just someone to talk to.

Our parish bulletin contained a page of quotes about Motherhood today. One that particularly stood out is:

“Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling.
It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in.
It is what God gave you time for.”

This perfectly sums up my wife’s calling to be a mother. Today let us reflect on the fact that many of the ills facing our society today could be solved if more women felt the same calling.