Happy (Late) International Women’s Day To Our Stay At Home Moms

9 Mar

In honor of National Women’s Day, I was planning on finding a super-empowering TedTalk from some super fabulous woman CEO sharing her story about how she became so awesome.

And I’ll maybe probably still do that, but today, I’m gunna do something a little different.

When you think about International Women’s Day, you think about that female CEO who’s broken through the glass ceiling and now making loads of money.

And to those women… you’re doing awesome. Hopefully I’ll get there someday… if that’s what I want.

But what you don’t think much about are the women who aren’t in an office…

The women who instead of being dressed in kick ass power suits, are likely covered in baby throw up right now.

Mommas.

Stay at home mommas.

They’re often forgotten about when we’re talking about the empowerment of women.

And really, they shouldn’t be.

Because their jobs are just as hard- if not harder.

I was with a baby this weekend. I held it and it threw up on me. And it smelled bad. And I returned the baby to her owner. To her mom. And her parents talked to me about all the gross disgusting things their baby does and how they have to change diapers 54 times a day and wash the baby with a hose because her poop travels out of her diaper.

OUT OF HER DIAPER!

So today, instead of talking about the female executives that I admire, I’m going to do this…

THANK YOU MOMMA BEAR.

Because you stayed home with me my whole life and you dealt with my tantrums and you cleaned my butt and you fed me nasty food that I’m sure I threw up several times.

Thank you because you took me to every single one of my gymnastics and cheerleading and dance practices.

Thank you because you were on every single field trip and I know that most of them must have been super boring but you went anyway because I asked you to.

Thank you because you didn’t send me to summer camp. Because there was nothing that I wanted more than to just stay home with you and my sister every summer. I didn’t want to have to go be social with weird kids that I didn’t know. Even though you threatened us that one year and physically took us there and we sat in the car in the parking lot and we cried, thanks for feeling sorry enough for us that you just turned around and went back home.

You’re kind of awesome.

So for all the mommas out there who think they need a corner office and a power suit to be appreciated, I promise you, you don’t.

You stay at home mommas do so much more than you know.

And I think it’s time that you’re recognized just as much as a CEO.

Because hell, you run a family.

And God knows that’s not easy.

Stay at home mom

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4 Responses to “Happy (Late) International Women’s Day To Our Stay At Home Moms”

  1. thehiddenedge March 10, 2015 at 1:19 am #

    We celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday in the UK. This is a reminder about the wonderful POWER that mothers yield. There is a lot of talk about male/female equality in the workplace but the numbers don’t tell the whole story.

    I do think the opportunities should be open for both sexes at the same rate of pay but society shouldn’t force women into roles that they don’t really aspire to just to make up the perceived politically correct balance. The supporting roles that women often play can be as powerful but with less of the stress. Now that doesn’t sound that bad a pay off to me.

    • Kayla Cruz March 21, 2015 at 6:14 pm #

      Mothers are definitely power houses! Thanks for taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Laura4NYC March 10, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

    Awww! This is so true! Mom’s should be recognized more often than on Mother’s Day (which is turning more and more into an overglorified flower-sending day). Thanks for pointing out the seemingly “gross” but necessary sides to motherhood.

    • Kayla Cruz March 21, 2015 at 6:13 pm #

      Thanks for reading, Laura! Hope you’re doing great! 🙂

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