I believe that full time parents have the hardest jobs out there. (Ok, maybe brain surgeons and soldiers on the front line tie for second place.) I just feel so proud that I know people who have chosen to be full time parents. What a gift to not only their children, but also society as a whole. Notice how I am not using the term “stay-at-home” mom or dad. This is intentional. Because I’ve heard it so often, my natural inclination is to use that term: “stay-at-home,” however I read this great article today in USA Today that has changed my mind. The article is about a man named Michael Paranzino. He states on his website:
“Forget the ‘stay at home’ nonsense. When was the last time we stayed in one place for more than 5 minutes? Our kids are constantly on the run, and so are we. It is time for ‘stay at home’ fathers (and mothers) to go on offense. And it starts by renaming ourselves. Say it with me: ‘I am a full time father’.”
I wholeheartedly agree, Michael! He goes on to say that the full time parents who have put their children ahead of their careers because they think it will benefit their children, and in the meantime have actually come to ENJOY it, are perfect readers for his website. Michael is one of today’s heroes.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, out of the 26.5 million men in America who have children under 18 years of age, there are 98,000 fathers who are choosing fatherhood as their full time career. To be honest, I don’t care it is is Dad or Mom choosing this career…I just believe it should be one of the parents. I am also impressed by a site for mothers, Hearts At Home. The site works to meet the needs of women in the profession of motherhood. Finally!
At this point in our lives, Jason and I have not yet been blessed with the pitter patter of little feet in our home. God willing, one day there will be some sticky hands around here for me to clean. We feel it is our responsibility and our duty to make the choices in our lives now, in order to have one of us be the full time parent, when the day comes.
So if you are one of today’s heroes, I salute you. You are changing the world, one child at a time.