We acknowledge that it wasn’t that long ago when moms stayed home with their kids. That was just what we did. Dads went outside the home and worked (whether on the farm or in the cities), and mothers stayed home and raised the kids. As the United States became a more industrialized nation, more women started working outside the home, but most still stayed at home.
In 1860, 7.5 percent of mothers were out in the workforce. But now, influenced largely by World War II and the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the concomitant feminist movement, approximately 67 percent of us are working outside the home (at least, that was the case in 2010).
In recent years, though, an interesting thing has been happening. More moms are returning home to take care of their children (up to 29 percent in 2012 from 23 percent in 1999). And about two-thirds of us have a husband who works outside the home. Our children are more important to us than anything, and we hate the idea of working just to earn enough money to pay someone else to watch them.
We know that many families need two incomes to live, but we believe something else is at play here too. Many of us have bought into the feminist lie that if we stay home and take care of our children, we are not living up to our true potential. Or, even worse, we have to give up our dreams and interests to take care of those little humans we shared a body with not so long ago. We are no longer going to buy into that lie. We know it leads us to look at our children as little burdens, rather than the blessings they truly are. And we’re not going to do that any longer.
We know that, if we want to embrace our roles as maternal guides to our beautiful little God-given blessings by staying at home and caring for them, we may still need to do something to earn some money. And we believe one of the best ways to do that is to write and sell what we write.
In our opinion, writing is the perfect way for us to achieve mental and emotional self-fulfillment while we earn an income to help support our families and still find time to be with them. We understand that writing as a side gig or a career won’t be for every mama. But for those of us who can say, without any shadow of a doubt, that writing is our passion – that we NEED to get our words down on paper (or onto the computer screen), or else, like the main character in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” we will lose our minds – we know we are called to write. It is the gift we must share with the rest of the world.
And we will.
We also commit ourselves to:
- Learning the art and craft of writing
- Taking steps daily to improve our writing
- Connecting with other writing moms
We will write.
We will mother.
We will thrive.
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