“Oh, I’m just a mom,” is usually what I say when someone asks me what I do for a living. Then, the conversation gets a little awkward after that and we quickly try to change the subject. But, why? It doesn’t need to be that way.
We went to our favorite restaurant for breakfast this weekend and my husband asked a young guy handing us water, “are you our waiter?” He replied, “No. I’m just a busboy. ”
I was so quick to correct him: “You are not just a busboy. You are a busboy.”He smiled from ear to ear.
This made me think, “Why am I so quick to correct him about what he does; but, when it comes to myself, I’m just a mom?”
“I’m just a Mom,” makes motherhood not important
When I tell someone that I’m just a mom, I’m telling her that it’s not important. All the things I do daily (making breakfast, refereeing a fight over a toy, giving hugs and kisses, reading stories, teaching my kids about life, etc.) become not important. So, if she isn’t a mom and maybe has been considering becoming one, I might be giving her some doubt.
I need to change my answer. We all do.