Less than a week before Pesach, few things can lure me away from cleaning; this article was one of them.
Do check it out if you have a few minutes. The author makes some interesting points. There is this, however:
"Being a stay-at-home mother to your own kids is not a “job,” no matter how difficult it is or how hard we work. Period. Getting to do nothing but raise a person you opted to bring into the world is a privilege, and calling it anything else is ignorant and condescending."
I agree; being a stay-at-home mother is not a job. It's so much more; I could write a vast number of paragraphs explaining why, but because time is short, here it is in a nutshell:
Anyone (who has the proper skills and training, of course) can hold a job. But there is only one person in the whole world who can be a mother to my children, and that is me. G-d had given me these children to raise; not to someone perfect, not to the most competent mother in the world, not to the most accomplished, sweet-tempered, patient mother. He gave them to me.
Therefore, raising my children is not a job, not a career, but the main and most important project of my lifetime.