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Why Do It? - Livin' the Good Life

Mar. 14th, 2009

07:09 am - Why Do It?

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So, what’s so great about staying home and raising your own kids? Why would anyone want to do it? As I’ve said many times before, it is a job with tremendous Power. It has far-reaching Influence. You want power and influence? Raise a child. “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world!”
Here is a thought-provoking quote to help illustrate my point from one of my favorite books on parenting (A JOYFUL MOTHER OF CHILDREN by Linda Eyre):

“One of the most remarkable examples of the sphere and influence a mother has is in the life of Sarah Edwards, the wife of Jonathan Edwards, a minister and early colonist. Sarah raised 11 children while her husband busied himself with writing and ecclesiastical duties, becoming the famous one of the family. She stayed in the background as a homemaker--- valuing each child’s individuality and intelligence, educating both sons and daughters, but also teaching them to work responsibly. A genealogical study later tracked down 1400 of the descendants and compared them to another family, the Jukes, who were notorious for criminality and welfare dependency. The Jukes family cost the state of New York a total of $1,250,000 in welfare and custodial charges, while the Edwards descendents boasted the following: 13 college presidents, 65 professors, 100 lawyers, and a dean of an outstanding law school, 30 judges, 66 physicians, a dean of a medical school, 80 holders of public office, 3 US senators, mayors of 3 large cities, governors of 3 states, a Vice President of the US, a controller of the US Treasury, not to mention the countless numbers who were successful in business and the arts. Only 2 of these 1400 were “black sheep”, which eloquently testifies to the power of one woman who wasn’t afraid of a few diapers.”

There are very few jobs out there that have as much potential to change the world for the better as the job of “Mother”. In fact, no employer could afford to pay her what she’s really worth.