"Teach your daughters to prepare for life's greatest career- that of homemaker, wife, and mother. Teach them to love home because you love home. Teach them the importance of being a full-time mother in the home.
"My eternal companion has wisely counseled mothers: 'Radiate a spirit of contentment and joy with homemaking. You teach by example your attitude toward homemaking. Your attitude will say to your daughters, 'I am only a housewife.' Or it will convey, 'Homemaking is the highest, most noble profession to which a woman might aspire.'"
-President Ezra Taft Benson
I have an acquaintance who is putting off having children. This is a topic that I have never discussed with her in any way, but she is very open about her decision (I sense she gets heckled by family and closer friends). One day she sent out a mass email that included an article by a single woman explaining how unappealing motherhood appears, due to the fact that all she ever hears mothers talking about are their frustrations, the yuckiness, etc. that go along with being a mom. My acquaintance found great validation in this article. I was bugged by the article, but mostly bugged by the fact that she had sent it to me. Especially, because I am not in regular communication with her, and certainly never about this topic.
As I read President Besons's quote, this article came to mind. Could there be validity in this woman's attitude? From my personal experience, I know when a group of mothers get together we seek comfort, support, and common ground with each other concerning the struggles we face as mothers. There is no denying that it is a hard job, and there is no denying the struggles and yuckiness that are all part of the job. But how often are we caught "radiating a spirit of contentment and joy" in what we are doing? Or at the least, a belief in the importance of what we are doing? Are we doing a bad job selling other women on being a homemaker?
Is Pres. Benson's quote an impossible expectation for us? If we aren't finding joy and contentment in what we are doing, how do we find it?