Motherhood as a career


Twenty-two years ago, I decided to stop working and be a stay-at-home mom. It was the best career move of my life, but somehow, family and friends made me feel like I was making the wrong decision, and wasting my talents by staying home, by concentrating on being a mom. After all, I belonged to that generation of women who had gained the right and the freedom to work, and be a mom as well.

For a while, I was ashamed of saying I was a stay-at-home mom, and whenever I met my friends who were working moms, I felt like I was not good as everybody else. In time, I learned to come to terms with my decision, and when asked what I did, I called myself a Jack of all trades for being a mother was being able to do a little bit of everything.

For me, parenting was learning as well. In my quest to be the right parent for Maia, I acquired various skills that would no doubt make me a more productive person in the workplace. Sadly, being a stay-at-home mom is not a career that I can include in my resume. My best career move has to be downplayed, if not disguised with professional-sounding volunteer activities.

Thus far, it has been difficult for me to return to earning a regular paycheck. Difficult, but not impossible, I believe, because of the resilience I
learned while being a parent.

Stay tuned. And in the meantime, check out my East Meets West Parenting column in the Washington Times.

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/east-meets-west-parenting/2011/oct/19/parenting-all-about-choosing-right-battles/

GCM

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Respecting M’s privacy


I recently wrote about vowing to respect M’s privacy in my Washington Times column, and teenage privacy must be a hot topic. I made it to the top ten list of most read articles!

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/east-meets-west-parenting/2011/sep/25/giving-teenager-privacy/