“Home is where the heart is” — the cliché saying we all know too well. I don’t want to say there’s not truth to that because I believe there is. Home is where I get the most hugs from my children, it’s where we laugh and visit with the friends that are like family, it’s the place where the love of my life and I have built our dreams. It’s the place I have found comfort and peace at times. The people I love most in the world are there to love me every day. Home is where my heart is.
But home is also where the work is — I don’t think it matters if you’re a stay at home mom or dad or working mom or dad. Nothing will test your work ethic like the dedication that is needed at home.
Home is where you work endlessly on your relationship with your spouse. It’s where you fight and make up. It’s where you hurt one another and forgive one another.
Home is where year after year, sometimes sleepless night after sleepless night, you work diligently at raising responsible, successful, caring children. You worry about your choices in the beginning, then you worry about their choices later in the adolescent years. No matter their age, building your relationship with them is some of the most important work you’ll ever do.
Home is where you pour over bills and financial statements trying to figure out how to make what you have coming in cover what you have going out.
Home is where the work of the laundry, cleaning, organizing, and dishes never seems to end.
Home is where you pour sweat and sometimes tears (depending on how frustrating the job is) into your perfectly envisioned renovations or the surprise repairs that always seem to pop up at the worst time.
It is within those walls that you’ll do the most work on yourself to grow in your relationships, in your confidence, in overcoming your weaknesses, building on your strengths, and in becoming the person you hope to be one day.
Our work at home will be some of the hardest and most important work we’ll have in our lives. It’s not a job to take lightly or for the faint-hearted.
About the Author
Angela Williams Glenn is the writer behind Stepping into Motherhood and the book about motherhood in our 21st century digital world, Moms, Monsters, Media, and Margaritas . She is a teacher, wife, and mother to three young children from two months to seven years of age.