When my husband and I decided to start a family, I worked full time during my pregnancy, squirreling away my paychecks and practicing living on one income, cutting out all frivolous expenses. That practice paid off. I was able to quit my job and stay home full time with our son. My husband worked hard to support us, and he came home at the end of the day to a home-cooked meal and the three of us sat at the table together.
Two and a half years later, our daughter was born, and she joined us at the table from the very beginning too. We tucked the kids in at night and had a few hours to ourselves to snuggle and talk to each other as husband and wife. Our kids are now 13 and 10. We still sit down to dinner every night, even when we're busy with activities.
Last month we splurged to attend the wedding of my husband's best friend from school. The kids stayed with Grandma and we headed out of town. The bride and groom both have successful professional careers, and so did most of the other guests. After listening to stories of vacations, nannies, housekeepers and personal trainers, I was asked what I did for a living. I said, "I'm a full-time Mom." Their responses stunned me, but in a good way. Mostly I heard "Your kids are so lucky to have you at home," or "my husband won't let me be a stay at home mom." I felt like the most successful woman in the room. I had no idea that these high-powered females would think my job was as fulfilling and important as it actually is. One woman asked if she could stay in touch to pick my brain about being a homemaker because I had inspired her to make the switch. I suggested she read your books and listen to your show too. I'm proud to say I am the housekeeper, full-time nanny, my own personal trainer, a personal driver, teacher, chef, personal shopper and more. Being married to a man who takes care of his family so I can be my kid's mom is all I need to know that we have MADE IT.