By: Rachel Campos-Duffy

As a married mother of eight, the sacrifices made by stay-at-home moms is a topic that is near and dear to my heart.

I was an at-home mom for 14 years before I decided to go back to work for a myriad of reasons - not the least of which was financial. But those years at home were the most important years of my life. I learned so much about myself being an at-home parent.

Those years helped me build my confidence as a parent, which has proven to be so important to me as I juggle my current work in and out of our home.


Having been on both sides - an at-home mom and working outside the home - I do NOT believe that being at home makes you a better parent. In fact, for the at-home parent, there will actually be more opportunities to fall short of one’s  expectations because there are so many more opportunities for interaction and failure. But that also means there are more occasions to reconcile and plenty of time to learn about and from one another in the process.

In other words there are more opportunities for do-overs. We all need more of those!

Emily Voss

The decision to be home with a child for a season of life is a weighty one that has a lot to do with how we view at-home motherhood.

Sadly, the image of at-home motherhood has been disparaged for too long by feminists with a political or ideological axe to grind.

Cultural images have also played a role. For some, the image is frozen somewhere between the dutiful and perennially cheery Carol Brady (no one can live up to that!) and the duplicitous and dysfunctional women of Bravo's "Housewives." That’s unfortunate, because the actual experience has evolved in amazing ways.

It's why the guests on my "at-home mom" episode on Fox Nation are so happy and satisfied with their decision to be home. These women are educated and informed and their choice to use their talents as at-home moms should be respected and admired.

The newest episode of "Moms" is now streaming on Fox Nation. Sign up for your free trial today to watch Rachel's powerful conversation with four stay-at-home moms.

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