Tuesday, May 15, 2018

If you like to help people, try stay-at-home motherhood


Do you remember taking those career aptitude tests in college? They would measure your strengths and weaknesses, your likes and dislikes and tell you what would be a fulfilling career for you.


I always scored positively in the careers that were "helping people." I think it's a common thing people feel would make their career fulfilling-- they want to be able to make a difference in others' lives. I've been thinking lately about that, how I've always wanted a career where I could help people.

As I get older and think more deeply about this desire I have and my own strengths and talents, I recognize that the best way to influence and help someone is in person and one-on-one. You are best able to influence people you spend a lot of time with. You are best able to help people you know intimately-- their likes and dislikes, their struggles and strengths.

The title of the post gives it away but I realized that that's exactly what a stay-at-home mom does. All of her life is devoted to creating opportunities, crafting situations for her children to learn who they really are, and give them wings to fly. Her role is influence. Her ultimate quest is change and understanding in the people she stewards.

So I am grateful for my 'career' in stay-at-home motherhood, a career where I get to help people and see people change, by my influence.

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