Are You Happy Being a Mom?

This segment aired on the Today Show this morning. I was bewildered as I watched it. Perhaps I live an insulated life, or maybe I surround myself with a certain kind of people, but most everyone I know, loves being a mom. 

Some of my friends have a lot of kids, some only have one. I have friends in happy and unhappy marriages, and I have friends who are single parents. Almost all of them love being a mom. 

So as I watched the segment, I was wondering what was missing in the lives of these women, who genuinely sounded so unhappy and unsatisfied. I think the common thread that I was saw was the lack of understanding of the vocation of motherhood.

I even visited the Today Show website, where there was a poll, asking viewers if they were unhappy with being mothers. I fully expected that this poll would show the producers that they were wrong, that there was only just a vocal minority who hate their lives. Instead, I found that sadly, they were spot on.

Motherhood is what we are called to do. Our bodies are uniquely created to bear and nourish children. Our emotions and empathy allow us to be tender and loving to our children. 

And yet, we want more.

We want fulfillment.

We want other people to tell us we are doing a good job.

We want time off…with pay.

I take this morning show segment as a message to me to reach out to the hurting moms out there. To let them know that they are not alone. That their job matters. That their kids matter. That some of the best and most important jobs pay nothing.

Children NEED mothers. Children need caring and nurturing and should not feel like a burden or a source of unhappiness.

My payoffs may be slim now, but the big payoff is the one I pray that I, and my children someday hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

So, what about you? Are you satisfied with your life? Are you happy or unhappy being a mother? Let me know!

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Written by Dakotapam
I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including young adult sons down to 8-year old twin daughters. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!