Fear

From the stay-at-home mom with a master's degree

Dear pregnant career-woman me, First of all, you are gorgeous! And you are about to embark on the best adventure yet – second only to the one you started after saying “I do” to your man. But you are scared. You don’t know any stay-at-home moms (SAHMs – you’ll know this acronym soon!) who have your level of education and career orientation, and, ironically, this new job intimidates you. Are you throwing away all those years of study and work?

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From a safe woman, a married mom who protects her daughter, Part 1

Dear 10-year-old Shai, Hi.  🙂 Wipe your tears.  It’s not your fault.  It never was.  25 years from now, you will see things much differently.  Believe it or not, mom is right about a lot of things concerning you.  I was going to write you an eloquent letter with paragraphs, but at this stage in the game, you probably need numbered points for easy reference.  I love you so much.  Please take my words to heart.

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From a 60-something retiree

Dear 20-year-old confrontation-avoiding Jeannie, Newly married in August after finishing in June the wonderful art college that God had provided for you, and suddenly teaching high school fine arts in September gives you a huge responsibility. You need to appropriately instruct and deal with kids just 2 and 3 years younger than you, as well as interact with faculty and administration as if they are your peers! It’s an emotional stretch.

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