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Moms, did you ever question your value as a role model, caretaker,
administer of hugs and Band-Aids? I think we all have in today's climate of
"do more, get more, have more." Many of us work to bring home a paycheck and
others work for our sanity. Have you ever wondered if your children were
better off with the babysitter than you? Scientific studies are beginning to
point to the overwhelming value of a mother's love, hugs and support.
Nannies, babysitters and relatives are terrific. They just aren't as
terrific as Mom.
I have had the best of both worlds, I suspect. I worked a high-powered
executive job until my older daughter was two and a half. At a crossroads in
my career, I opted to "get pregnant and stay home for a year." Little did I
realize I was about to take a ten-year hiatus from my much-loved life. I
didn't get pregnant right away, but, after having spent a year basking in
the glow of being Mom, I couldn't bear giving up the care and nurturing of
my daughter to another nanny, no matter how wonderful. I think it was the
best career move of my life.
Ten years later, I am back in the work force and thriving. Yes, I felt bored
much of the time. Yes, our family sacrificed the bigger house, fancier cars
and vacations some of our peers were enjoying. But it was a conscious
decision to sacrifice for the benefit of our children. We wanted our morals,
our ethics and our life lessons to influence them.
I think moms can work at home, be homemakers or work outside of the home and
still be great moms. The most important part of mothering is being there for
our children. Maybe your sacrifice is going to work but spending your
precious little free time reading your child a bedtime story every night,
taking him to the park on Saturdays or chaperoning your daughter's school
dance. What matters is our input, confidence in our roles as mothers,
knowing we are the best person for the role and to understand how valuable
we are to society.
Pat yourselves on the backs moms … you've accomplished a miracle! There is
no greater sacrifice on earth, in my opinion, than making the decision to be
a parent. Know how important you are. Know that your children need you to be
as solid an individual as you can be. Therein lies your strength as a
mother, whether you spend the day at home or in an office. We are all
exceptional women in our motherhood.
Copyright – 2000-2002- Rexanne Mancini
Rexanne Mancini is the mother of two daughters, Justice and Liberty. She is
a novelist, freelance writer and maintains an extensive yet informal
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