Moms are children’s first teachers and so much more

a mom and babyA while back Public Radio ran a story about Michele Flournoy, a former high-ranking Pentagon official who is married with two young children. They reported that her work days required her to spend many hours on the job and most of that time away from home. She decided to resign her job and spend more time with her family. They posed the question, “Can working women make it to the top of their profession?”

This resulted in a long discussion of how women have not reached the pinnacle of their respective chosen roles in society, particularly in the corporate and political worlds. Many bemoaned this fact and noted that it signaled yet another glass ceiling in the world of women’s rights. Barely discussed was the importance of Mrs. Flournoy’s vocation as mother.

Unfortunately, society is less likely to acknowledge as legitimate her “career” as a stay at home mom. But why!!?? There is no more important role in life than that of mentor to children! If we rightly consider teachers an essential and irreplaceable part of the upbringing of our youth, why do we dismiss the roll of stay at home and other mothers, who fulfill a similar and arguably more important role in the all-around education of children?

In the movie “A Man For All Seasons” the following exchange occurs between Sir Thomas Moore and Richard Rich:
Sir Thomas More: Why not be a teacher? You’d be a fine teacher; perhaps a great one.
Richard Rich: If I was, who would know it?
Sir Thomas More: You; your pupils; your friends; God. Not a bad public, that.

Moms are children’s first teachers and so much more. I think that you, your children, the rest of your family, your friends and God are a great public. So, thank you to my mom and my wife – the mom of my children! And Happy Mother’s Day to moms everywhere.

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