In today’s society, there are so many misconceptions about mothers who choose to stay home with their children rather than go to work. Many see it as taking the easy way out. Others think women stay at home because they don’t have the correct education to find decent paying jobs. Overall, people regard stay-at-home moms with less respect than working mothers. There are some however, like myself, who do not agree with these beliefs and see it just as important as any full-time job.
I stood outside of my car on the blacktop of the driveway, staring at the off white, one-story house. It was really long, sitting parallel with the street and sat right in the middle of an acre lot. Patched with grass, the bumpy front yard held five bikes of different sizes that all laid on their sides. The walkway to the front door was a wooden ramp that wrapped around a pond and garden. This house held a family of eight children, which one could never guess from its small size.
I knocked on the door and was immediately let in by a little blonde girl named Gabriella, who told me she was 5. Two other girls ran in, clearly smaller than the first and wanting to see who was at the door. The door opened into a big, sun lit living room furnished with a large, beige sectional. A huge window took up over half of the longest of three white walls that helped reflect the light to every corner of the room. Sitting on the stained carpet in front of the couch was an average looking woman changing a diaper. Her name was Maria Stahl. She looked up at me with warm, welcoming eyes and a crooked but kind smile. There was no trace of make up on her face, but that was usual for her. Her thick, brown hair hung a few inches past her shoulders. She wore sweatpants and a big tee shirt with spit up on it. Her appearance was that of a typical mother.
Maria made the choice about a month ago to quit her job after she gave birth to her most recent child. According to the Census Bureau,...