“Just a mom?” There’s no such thing.
Motherhood isn’t a second-rate occupation. It is a career that can maximize your talents and strengths to their fullest.
When you look past the surface of mothering—the endless tasks and frantic pace—to the incredible skills required to raise your children while nurturing your marriage, the truth is clear: You’re a professional in one of the most dignified, demanding, and rewarding fields any woman can find.
Today on the podcast, I’m excited to be sharing one of my classic messages from the first book I ever wrote. You know, being a stay-at-home mom wasn’t in my plans. I expected (and studied) to be a music teacher! But when a season of life had me staying at home, I started to grasp the value of being home in a way I had never understood before.
So today I want to share with you what exactly it means to professionalize motherhood, why, if you’re at home, you should be proud to be a stay-at-home mom, what often keeps women from taking the step to stay home (even when they really want to), how marriage and mothering work together, how to stay fueled as a mom, and more.
When I started thinking of motherhood as a profession, it made me a much more intentional mom. It also completely changed how I viewed motherhood. It’s my hope that this episode does exactly that for you!
Resources mentioned in this episode:
[Book] Professionalizing Motherhood: Encouraging, Educating, and Equipping Mothers At Home
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Jill- Thank you for these wonderful reminders. I’ve seen you speak so many times over my 12 years of motherhood at hearts at home and retreats. And your wisdom has truly shaped how I mother my 5 children. I love staying home with them, but I want so badly to be content and never wonder if being a mom is enough. I would love to hear more about what God’s word has to say on this subject and how to ignore the worlds shouts of having a career. I never did finish college and I don’t have a desire to go back but I want to be ok with this instead of feeling like I don’t measure up to the worlds standards.
Wow what an encouraging episode. I was listening after waking up extra early to help start our day on a better routine. I have always wanted to be a stay at home mom but I never saw it as a profession. So many great lessons! Thank you for sharing from your heart.
Jessica, I’m soooo glad this helped you reframe motherhood as a profession! That makes me so glad I did that episode!