Looking back now I wonder what I was thinking when I quit my job and began a journey through higher education that would take 7 years. Especially since we were young parents of not one, but two–soon to be three children. When we struggled to pay the bills on my part time salary, we kept eating because Betty did childcare in our home and held down other part time jobs. It’s not what either of us preferred but we made it work; she’d go to her job and I’d take care of the children. Then she would watch them if I was at my job or in class.
Back then there was tension between working moms and stay-at-home moms, with some of the SAH moms accusing the rest of neglecting their children. With some indignation the rest fired back that since they could (thanks to ability and/or education) they were going to do more than simply be a mother.
I don’t observe the same crossed arms today but I do think it’s impossible to overstate or too often repeat the high calling of being your children’s mom. I hope you’ll find this encouraging: https://jdgreear.com/blog/everyday-faith-3/