I'm a bit of a pioneer in my family.
I'm a stay at home mom. I'm a stay at home starting to homeschool mom.
My mom worked full-time, as did my Grandmothers on both sides and my maternal Great Grandmother.
I totally respect all that they did. My circumstances are different and thus so are my choices. I worked for many years before having my children.
I've never had a role model to show me what a Stay at Home Mom looks like up close and personal. Where's my mentor? My trainer? When I worked I had those. If I'd been a SAHM in the 1950's I'd have had them.
In the 1950's women's magazines, neighbors, relatives and friends could help the new bride learn to manage a household and raise productive members of society. Then feminism happened......WAIT!!!!! before you flame me in comments, I consider myself a feminist. And while that movement certainly helped me out when I was working......Not so much now.
Now feminism tends to devalue what I have chosed to make my life's work. That really bums me out.
How can I be a feminist and a traditional Stay at home wife and mom you ask? Easy, my definition of feminism means that everybody gets the opportunity to pursue what they want in their life and career, without regard to gender (or frankly race, religion, etc.). This is my choice. I want to be here and do this.
I'm just not sure exactally how.