The Many Roles of a Mama

The Many Roles of a Mama

When I was a little girl, I loved playing mommy to my baby dolls. I wanted to be a mama when I grew up.

Now, I’m a mama.


When I started school, one of my favorite things to do was ‘play school’. I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up.

Now, I am a teacher to my boys.

Nourishing Traditions

When I was in middle school, there was a push to start thinking about future careers. My career of choice as a 7th grader — a nutritionist.

Now, I am our family nutritionist.
Starting Seeds
In high school, I was involved in FFA and my dream was to become an agriculture teacher.

Now, I teach my boys about agriculture.

Intentionally Simple

In college, I obtained a BS in Agricultural Communications and dreamed of becoming a magazine writer.

Now, I am a blog writer.

I am an educated woman who stays home with my children and invests my time and talents into my family.

In the eyes of many, I’m wasting my education but the reality is I’m using my education.

And, as far as my dreams go, everything I ever dreamed of being, I am now.

responses to “The Many Roles of a Mama” 17

  1. Thanks so much for this post! I am a homeschooling stay at home mom of two (and an Auburn alum) so I get comments all the time about wasting my education. Your post summed up how I feel about that perfectly! I recently started reading your post and we have lots in common. We too have started growing our own food, chickens, and goats. Also we are going to adventure into the land of bee keeping and aquaponics in the next few years. Keep up the great work!!

  2. I love this post – I plan to stay home as long as I can as soon as our baby is born in December, and nobody seems to understand why someone so educated wouldn't want to use it… this is a great explanation of how SAHMs DO use their education!!! 🙂

    1. Congrats on your baby on the way! My littlest is a December baby, born on winter solstice. And, yes, SAHMs definitely use their education!!

  3. Thank you for this post. After I finish college next year, we are planning on starting a family and I am considering being a stay-at-home mom, the alternative being a part-time job. When I discuss this with people, they often say it's a waste of my education, but as a bioinformatician, I am one of the most technical literate parents of my generation, and I have an ample knowledge of nutrition and how the body works.

    (Some people also say that not being financially independent is dangerous. Even our minister of education, here in The Netherlands, recently made this claim. To me, it seems like working just in case your husband leaves you is neither a very good reason to work, nor a good basis for a relationship.)

    1. Being a mama is definitely not a waste of your education! And, I've also heard the argument too that a woman should be independent in case her husband leaves her and fully agree that mindset is not good for a relationship. I have the education and honestly feel like being a mother has given me a wonderful set of skills that would help make me a wonderful employee if I do ever need to earn income for our family. 🙂

  4. Thank you for this post. I too am a SAHM homeschooling my 4.5 yr old and will be schooling my now 2 yr old when he is older. I was blessed with my parents paying for my school and have a degree in Agricultural Business with a double minor in Agricultural Economics and Business Admin. I asked my dad if he was disappointed in paying for my education now that I am a stay at home mom but every time he sees his grandkids he reminds me that I am doing an awesome job raising my kids!

    1. I love that your parents are supportive of your choice to be a mama and value that their investment in your education really was an investment in their grandbabies! (And, woo-hoo for the Ag degree!) 🙂

  5. I have had people ask me that too. I always tell them that I will have my education when my babies are grown and I can use it then. I worked for 10+ years before I had kids and I have used it everyday even though I don't get paid (at least monetarily). Just because you don't use your education for working outside the home, or our work isn't in the field of our degree doesn't mean you don't use it….it is used with every decision we make. Our education has taught us more than just what we learned for our degree….but mothering has taught me a lot more!!!

  6. Wonderful, Rachel! I have a business administration degree, but left the paying work place 23 years ago when my oldest was born, and have not regretted a moment. There were some very lean times, like when my husband went back to school for his MBA, but we budgeted, cut back and got creative. Now we live on a farm, raise sheep and kids! Oldest graduated UTM 2012. now in grad school WSU. #2, Jr UTM, will got to seminary after graduation 2014. #3 graduated home school high school last week, already started UTM, with plans to go to Vet school in 2017. #4 and I still at home, but the end is in sight. Now my friends ask what I will do when they are all gone? I think I will visit the kids- perhpaps all over the world, as #2 feels called to be a missionary! Love being a mama, best of all.

  7. I have a BA in art history and work at Target?! I can now view myself as a curator – of the Art Museum of Amelia! It is my job to make sure her artwork is rotated out when she creates new masterpieces and I am in charge of their display!

    Great post 🙂

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