My wife is a stay-at-home mom as of now. We conceived when it was the peak time for her to be working and fulfilling her ambitions. But she decided to give her career aspirations a rest to start a family and bring this tiny human being to life which has become our whole world. But at the time, none of us had the slightest idea what we were signing up for. Even one year after delivering she has had to put her dreams on hold to tend to this little life that we’ve created. Not that she is complaining or she isn’t proud of her new role as a stay-at-home mother, trust me we both truly are and I would have been equally proud had she been working, but we also can’t deny the fact that she did have to make sacrifices and change her priorities to take up this new role. Not me, but her. And then, on the other hand, there are also mothers who choose or have to work feeling guilty for having to leave their babies behind. It’s very difficult to choose one over the other, knowing that between the two there’s no such thing called a perfect choice, or even a good or a bad choice for that matter. And though neither of the decisions comes easy and both the decisions demand immense courage, strength, sacrifice and bravery, it should be welcomed wholeheartedly and appropriately lauded. Did you just read bravery? Oh yes, you read it right. It is, as a matter of fact, an act of bravery that we must give due credit to.
So I feel it’s very shameful for us to even have this constant debate and categorize motherhood into stay-at-home moms and working moms. It’s rather pitiful how some of us look down at stay-at-home moms and secretly diss on them, at the same time judge working moms for being heartless and make them feel guilty for leaving their babies behind. We should understand that there’s more to motherhood than what meets the eye. Motherhood is one true empowering spirit in itself and it doesn’t really matter if she’s a stay-at-home mom or a working one. It’s the feeling, emotions and sentiments with which she enjoys motherhood and which makes her happy is what really matters in the true sense. Because after all she’s the centre of everything, she’s the axis on which our lives revolve, men’s as well as the kids’. In my words, “Children might be the heart of the family, Dads might be the body, but Moms are definitely the soul of the family.” So let’s not put them in any category, rather just celebrate them for the beautiful souls that they are.