July 23, 2012: The Best Job in the World

~ by Mary Galvano

A few years ago if someone were to mention to me the words “stay-at-home mom” I would have cringed and said “no way.” All my life I have been career driven to be the best I can be with the talents God has given me. I wanted to have it all and not stay at home to take care of a baby. I wanted to continue living my life even after having children. Since the birth of my daughter, I have come to realize that the greatest talent God has given me is the talent of mothering.

Now that I am a mother, I wouldn’t have it any other way than to be at home with my child. As I look into the eyes of my baby girl I realize how much she needs her mommy. She doesn’t need a nanny, babysitter, or anyone else, she needs me. She needs both her parents but, the mom plays the biggest part in a child’s early development. A baby doesn’t know who’s belly she came out of, she only knows who takes care of her, nurtures her and loves her. Someone was telling me the other day that he was visiting a friend whose child had a nanny, and while he was standing there the child hurt her finger and started to cry. At that moment the child marched right past her mom, totally ignoring her, and went straight to the nanny instead. Why would any mother want to miss the opportunity to be the one your own child goes to for comfort?

Just recently there was a big to-do regarding the CEO of Yahoo. It was said she is pregnant and that she will continue working! She was congratulated on national television on her decision for showing women they can have it all! Have it all? She may have it all, but what about the child having it all. A lot of women today think it is important that children have a mother who continues to be important by working her job so they have good role models. Children aren’t supposed to be the parent’s cheerleaders we are supposed to be there’s.

Life is too precious to miss. Each child is a blessing and should be treasured as such. I know there are some situations when it is necessary for the mother to work but, it still doesn’t change the fact that children need moms to be moms. They need to know they have a mother waiting for them when they come home from school with a snack and a hug. Children are having more troubles today due to the fact that they don’t have at-home parents that care. Parents think just by making sure a child is clothed and fed they are doing a good job. A child is more than food and clothing. Jesus says that in the Bible, “For life is more than food, and your body is more than clothing.” Luke 12:23. A child is a precious life of God and is deserving of a loving mother. This is a door to the Kingdom of Heaven.

Being a mother requires sacrifice. A mother must be willing to sacrifice some opportunities for the sake of family. She must be willing to do without many things, but not family time and attention, and not compromise on her conviction for the sake of what society says. It has been proven that when a child has at-home parents he or she is more stable and is a better student in school.

As a woman I do have it all. I just don’t have it all at once. I have lived each chapter of my life to the fullest—still am. I have had two wonderful careers and I have traveled to some exciting places and I have lived! I have even experienced life growing inside me. Wow! What a gift to women! I still continue to work part-time, but my child is always with me, she loves to come along to one of my singing gigs. And one day when my child is grown up and starts her own journey I will continue to another chapter in my life.

For now I plan to be here for her and to be the best mother I can be because this is the gift God has given me right now. My little girl needs me just like all children need their parents. Paid help can never replace the importance of a child’s mom or dad. Parents need to be parents again. The family is in crisis here in America and abroad. Let us help bring love back into the home by prayer and teaching mothers, and fathers.


Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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