I stumbled upon a couple of articles thanks to Non-Essential Equipment this evening that made me feel a little better about the worries I mentioned in this post about feeling ‘worthless’ as a stay at home Mom.
I kind of forgot while I was freaking out that, as a military wife, it’s hard to find jobs that easily transfer, that accommodate the ‘single-parent’ lifestyle that I assume on a regular basis, and that pay well enough for it to even be worth having my children in childcare.
Unemployment among military wives is nearly four times the national average. There is a $12,000 wage gap between college-educated civilian and military wives. A military wife with a postgraduate degree has 20 percent less chance of finding full-time employment than a civilian wife.
I guess, reading these articles helped me to remember that I *am* doing something worthwhile right now. I am raising two beautiful kids, yes. I am also loving and supporting a man who is serving our country. That particular ‘profession’ involves sacrifices that aren’t always obvious to the outside observer, or even, obvious to me.
Put in that light, I realize that I’m not wasting away or choosing not to live up to my potential. Rather, I am doing the honorable job of supporting a service-member, which is in itself a unique way of serving our country. Add that to the job of being a Mom and it doesn’t sound too shabby does it?