My question is, am I the only woman who feels that the church and its members do not provide sufficient guidance for the many women who are employed?
If you don’t like wordy posts, feel free to stop reading now and respond. If you want clarification or just like to read, here is my elaboration upon my question:
I know that I very much desire for more guidance from the church on living a holy life as a employed mother, but find that such information is generally lacking (for whatever reason). I often feel like only the overlap between my role and a SAHMs’ role is valuable to the church or applicable to the persuit of holiness. I have searched extensively for books and resources from members of the church to support employed mothers in seeking holiness in everyday life, and found very little besides advice on how to cut back to one income (which is not applicable to my situation, as my family is already on one income - mine!), or the occasional commiseration over how busy working moms are. SAHMs, on the other hand, have many resources like “A Mother’s Rule of Life”, “Mary and Martha” conferences, a host of excellent books and collections of meditations for daily life as a homemaking parent, support groups for moms during working hours, and much more.
I know that the church does not teach that all mothers ought to stay at home, and I believe the church understands that there are many morally valid reasons for a mother to work outside the home. I also believe that it is possible to support working mothers without taking away from the importance of SAHMs or the special way that SAHMs fulfill feminine virtue and model the church’s relationship with Christ. Am I missing where and how the church is doing this? Is it just that employed mothers aren’t turning to the church for support the way SAHMs do? Or are there other employed mothers who, like me, would like to hear the church and its members speak to their situation as well and aren’t finding that support to be available?
Thanks to anyone who has thoughts or insight on this. This has really been bugging me for a while.