5.12.2012

Dedicating Your Time to Your Children

In speaking to the women of our church, our Prophet addressed the difficult decision some women have with motherhood and employment. Among other things, he taught: 
"The greatest job that any mother will ever do will be in nurturing, teaching, lifting, encouraging, and rearing her children in righteousness and truth. None other can adequately take her place....[A]s the years pass, you will become increasingly grateful for that which you did in molding the lives of your children in the direction of righteousness and goodness, integrity and faith. That is most likely to happen if you can spend adequate time with them."
--President Gordon B. Hinckley

And his counselor, gave this insight that has helped me so much!
Women today are being encouraged by some to have it all--generally, all simultaneously: money, travel, marriage, motherhood, and separate careers in the world....Doing things sequentially--filling roles one at a time at different times--is not always possible, as we know, but it gives a woman the opportunity to do each thing well in its time and to fill a variety of roles in her life...[A woman] may fit more than one career into the various seasons of life. She need not try to sing all the verses of her song at the same time."
--President James E. Faust

It answers a question I had, but never voiced: "Does a stay-at-home mother give up opportunities to develop and share her talents with the world?" No. She has different seasons of her life, in which to do the things that are most important at that time. This has helped me to resist feeling resentment for the things I am not able to do right now. It helps me to love this stage of my life, and want to give my all to be successful in the home, knowing that other opportunities will come later on for giving service outside of the home. 

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