Paolo and I taught at a parenting seminar yesterday and one of the concerns that was raised by a mom was working vs. staying at home.Image and video hosting  by TinyPic

I know a lot of great kids… well-mannered, respectful, giving, helpful, have a heart for God…some have stay-at-home moms (SAHM), others have moms who work a 9 to 5 job or run a business. I also know some not-so-great kids… rude, whiny, rowdy, selfish, disruptive, impatient… some have SAHMs, others have moms who work a 9 to 5 job or run a business.

Every family situation is different. I am a SAHM and I am so thankful I can be with my kids most of the time. I wouldn’t have it any other way. But I realize that other moms have to work or want to work. Some moms work in call centers on the night shift. Some moms have jobs that require them to travel. Hats off to you moms who have learned to balance family and work very well. There is nothing wrong with working as long as we don’t forget that it is our primary responsibility to train our children. The key is maximizing every opportunity we have with our kids to disciple them and train them up in the ways of the Lord. Remember, we only have a window of time with them. And if you are a working mom, always remember that your kids come first. You are the only mother they have. But I am pretty sure that somebody else in your company can fill in for you whenever your kids need you at home, or at a game or a recital.

I pray that every mom will seek God’s wisdom first before deciding to work or start a business. I pray that God will give us the discernment to know what’s best for our family in this particular season that we are in. I pray that our children will always get the best of our energy and time. Whatever our situation is, we cannot parent without God. Whether we’re home or working, it is Him who gives us the grace and wisdom that we need to be the best mom we can be for our children.

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  1. This is great Jenn,

    Just now, before Danhielle fall asleep, we had a nice and sensible talk about life. She said she wanted me to become somebody, she said llike an actress, or a doctor. Meaning to have a Profession. Ngek! I told her that “Im so thankful for my life, bec GOD gave me a husband who have a heart to provide and GOD gave my husband the provision so I don’t need to work.”

    1. Hannah is so funny! I am sure that sooner or later she will realize how blessed she is that her mom could devote all her time to her and timothy!

  2. hi Jen, im a mom of 4, been a sahm for 20yrs. My eldest is 19, 18, 12, & my youngest only boy is 7. God has been very generous to our family. Blessed are children with mothers to personally take care of them. Now im moving on to do something for my personal growth. Im thankful for a husband that supports my future endeavor. Im now starting on my own home-based business. God knows my heart and He gave this opportunity at the time that fits right. My children are very excited for me and even pray for my success.

  3. Hi, Ate Jen! I can very much relate to this. I work in a call center and have two kids. My work is pretty demanding, but I make sure that I’m always there when my kids need me. I also try to be as hands-on as possible when it comes to parenting. I have my ups and downs, but I never fail to pray for God’s guidance. Have a blessed day!

    1. i can imagine what a challenge it is for you, knowing that you work pa at a call center. prayer is always a good way to start our day. God bless you!

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