Writer: Being a SAHM is a Privilege, Not a Job 



Being a stay-home mom is a privilege and a lifestyle so quit comparing it to people who have “real” jobs, writer Liz Pardue-Schultz says in a recent article she wrote for xoJane.

Pardue-Schultz, a former SAHM herself, has pissed off a lot of moms with her widely read post. 

She pens in the piece, syndicated in Time.com:

“Being a stay-at-home mother to your own kids is not a “job,” no matter how difficult it is or how hard we work. Period. Getting to do nothing but raise a person you opted to bring into the world is a privilege, and calling it anything else is ignorant and condescending.

Sure, parenting is hard work, but so is going camping or throwing a party for a friend; I don’t go around calling those things my “jobs.” And FUN FACT: While there are obviously labor-intensive tasks involved with running a household like cleaning and cooking, those are things every person has to do (or pay someone else to do) regardless of their status as parents, and they don’t define our life’s work.

Obviously, staying at home and taking care of people in lieu of working for wages is a valued lifestyle, but it is not a “career”; people who retire early to care for their elderly parents don’t suddenly tell everyone they’ve gone into the health care profession. Choosing to care for your own small child is no different.”

Read the entire piece HERE!

Photo: courtesy xo Jane 

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