I am an Orthodox Jewish mother of six who has been married almost 25 years. I started listening to you when I was first married. I had my first two children while I was still in college, and I "decelerated
" my academic program so I could be home more with my kids. When I graduated, I worked part-time and didn't realize that I even had the option of staying home with my children until after listening to you talk about it so often.
Surprisingly, I encountered the most objections from my mother, who had been a stay-at-home mom to me and my two brothers. She was very concerned about my career. My husband also was not very enthusiastic about the loss of income if I stayed home. Our compromise was for me to work Sundays when my husband was home with the kids.
I was a stay-at-home mom for children 3 through 6, and my only regret is that I wasn't there as much for my first two children. I cherish all the time I was able to spend with them, and I encourage others to stay at home and raise their kids too. My daughter is now of marriage-age and has made it very clear that she will only marry someone who will support her being a stay-at-home mom. What nachas!!
Thank you for sticking up for values and morality. I take it as a wonderful compliment when friends tell me that I am their "Dr. Laura.
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