In this age of feminism, women are more encouraged than ever to shun traditional gender roles and focus on their careers. And many are rising to the occasion—they’re making waves in traditionally male-dominated industries and running top companies.
Amidst all of this positive progress for womankind, ladies who look forward to settling down and having kids are looked down upon. However, the whole purpose of feminism is to allow women to have a choice: you can live your life however you want.
1. Running a house is a full time job.
Except you don’t get paid. What is nobler than literally managing a household - and everyone else’s lives - without getting anything in return? Some women simply enjoy staying home to take care of their kids, run errands, and live their lives without the pressure of a boss telling them what to do. It’s incredibly liberating to dictate the direction of your life from the comfort of your own home.
2. Making a lifelong commitment to another person is very telling of your character.
Nowadays twentysomethings are expected to have resumes filled with a bunch of jobs from a multitude of companies. It is expected that you travel around and ditch a position when a better offer comes along. That’s not how marriage works. You’re in it for the long haul. You want to stay with your partner for life. Moving on when something (or someone) better comes along just isn’t in your nature. And that’s a good thing.
3. The world needs more caring people.
It’s incredible that women, especially from this generation, have made leaps and bounds in the working world. But society shouldn’t disregard women who want to raise families. You’ve already got a beautiful job. Devoting your life to help your family grow is a sacrifice that only a select few are willing to make.
4. Raising kids is a full-time job—and you don’t get paid.
Everyone knows that kids are exhausting. They take a huge toll on your fitness, emotions, and general sanity. In this era, you have a choice. You can get a job, take care of yourself, and avoid the constraints of family life. But you don’t have to—the choice is yours. Choosing to stay home with an eating-crying-screaming poop machine over a life of independence is extremely courageous and it demonstrates an inner strength.
5. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be a housewife.
If you and your partner found a way to support a household on one income, then why work? You’re brave enough to go against the tide and live your life the way you want. Living life without worry, pressure, deadlines, and uncontrolled chaos just isn’t your thing. Getting the kids off to school, going to the gym, lunch with the girls, and planning family vacations is your version of the good life.
6. You're not choosing the "easy way out."
It’s sometimes looked down upon to desire an easy life, but everyone is just jealous that you can coast through life and enjoy every step of the way. If you had the opportunity to travel and vacation all the time, wouldn’t you take it? The same goes for staying home and having kids. Sure, it’s a full time job, but it’s a job on your terms.
7. Actively choosing the traditional path is a statement of your power. You control your life.
It’s arguably braver to take the traditional route, to live the life your grandmother had. But the difference? She was forced into it. She couldn’t go out and work even if she wanted to. Your life is different. You can work, stay home, work from home, or enter the workforce later in life.
8. You’re not wasting your education. You have the power to do whatever you want, whenever you want.
Some may fault you for getting an education and then deciding to stay home. Screw ‘em. You're raising the future generation, so everyone needs to sit down and shut up. It's your life and you can do whatever you want with it. Staying home or going to work - it’s a choice that you are free to make.