In our LV Moms’ Money Mic series, we hand over the podium to people with controversial views about money and parenthood. These views are theirs, not ours, but we look forward to opening up the floor for discussion.
In the past, we’ve featured writers with controversial views on everything from what it was like to be a welfare mom to the reason one mother home-schools her kids. Today, mother of two Amy Keyishian vents about the lack of respect for stay-at-home moms.
I was recently bemoaning the fact that my $80K college education was not paying off in the form of my being able to support my family (something a woman is not supposed to say in the first place, but that’s another story).
“Holy moly, do you think your only value to your family is as a dollar sign?” my friend asked. “The things you learned in college impact your kids every day in ways you can’t monetize.”
I stopped. I thought. I realized I totally undervalue the work I do as a mom. And many of my friends do the same thing. One is so filled with guilt about not bringing in income that she practically martyrs herself. Her underlying (false) belief: Being a stay-at-home mom is not a real job, and therefore does not require a car.