Set aside all the politicized spin, and nobody seems to be taking into account
the fact that most moms LOVE to stay at home with their children - if for no
other reason than because they love their children! "Working" (employed)
moms often hate the time when their maternity leave runs out and they have to
return to "work" - because it means seeing and spending less time with
their children.From this perspective, "toughest job" takes
on new meaning. Perhaps the "toughest" thing to do is leave your loved
ones every day, for eight hours or more per day?
In the end I think I agree with the statement that being a mom(or a dad) is the
most important job. I'd even say it's harder than my office job. But
not the most difficult in the world, Oil field workers, vegetable pickers, POTUS
and waste water treatment facility workers all are on my short list of more
And sometimes people think it is really tough for LDS parents who tend to have
larger-than-average families. However, as a parent of 8 I can attest to the
blessings associated with such families. Here is an interview (on YouTube)of a
Mormon mother of 9 explaining the joys of having such a family: "Large
Families are Great: Unlock the Door Radio"The family is vital to
the survival of a culture and nation. One's job is only temporary but
families are forever. The role of "dad" and "mom" are the most
important ones in this world.
My wife gave me seven sons and four daughters. On the day of my youngest
son's birth, I took a job that required much travel and extended stays away
from home. My wife did the job of two. I know her job was tougher than mine,
and mine was challenging.I would like to amend the generalization:
Being a dedicated and successful mom of a large family is the toughest job on
the planet. Anne Romney was a dedicated and successful mom of a large family.
The woman who claimed Mrs. Romney hadn't worked a day in her life has a
very different vision of motherhood than do my wife and Mrs. Romney.
"The other 8% are rocket scientists and coal miners"i was a
"rocket scientist" - worked for NASA for 10 years before getting married
and having children. i'm still in the 92%! being a mom is significantly
harder than being a "rocket scientist" in my book.
"running around with a couple of toddlers that you can send to bed anytime
you want?"Obviously a statement by someone who has never tried
to put toddlers to bed.
When a job is 24/7 with no vacation days (your work comes right along with you)
or sick days, ever, all year, and the objects of your job are unpredictable,
defiant, needy, have severly underdeveloped communication skills and
overdeveloped expectations of you, etc., yet you would give your life for them
with no hesitation, sacrifice your sleep, and sanity for them, it is very
difficult - but really, really, really worth it.
Keep in mind, the 92% are all readers of Parenting magazing. Not exactly a
scientific poll.And no mother is working 7x24. They do get a couple
of hours of sleep.
The question isn't what is the most difficult job: stay at home raising
your children or go out to work. The important question is: In which situation
are the children most likely to get the support and training and love that they
need to become responsible citizens themselves? The answer to that is obvious.
As a mom you are on call 24/7.