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The Facebook Post From a Stay-At-Home Mom That Sparked a Discussion on What it Means to be a “Working Parent”

The hard work of mothers can unfortunately sometimes be overlooked. Ryshell Castleberry, a tattoo artist mom posted an emotional post on Facebook “dedicated to all the women who give their lives for the welfare of their families.” Ryshell was inspired to publish her post after hearing criticism that stay-at-home mothers don’t work.


Painting: “Multitasking”; Artist: Ricky Mujica

The Facebook post is consisted of a hypothetical conversation between a psychologist and a husband who claims that his stay-at home wife doesn’t work. After the husband tells the list of the things his wife does on a daily basis like getting the kids dressed and taking them to school, grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, it got cleared that his definition of work is skewed.


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“Enjoy and appreciate your wife, mother, grandma, aunt, sister, daughter,” Castleberry writes. “Because their sacrifice is priceless.”

Ryshell’s post went insanely viral and she was praised by other stay-at home moms.

“Awesome! Beautiful portrait,” Facebook user Samantha Howell commented.

“I get a lot of slack for not having a ‘job.’ I have four kids, breastfed them all until the age of two, and their father is sitting in a cell for the next twenty. I’m a mom, I’m a warrior, and this is a full-time job.”

On the other hand, the professional working moms felt left out.

“I really feel for the moms who have to do half of this or more and still go to work 8 to 9 hours a day, and come home and work another few, that would be me,” Kerenina Windham Molina wrote.

Kristi Potter commented: “And some of us do all this and work!”

Ryshell responded again- “You take the POSITIVE that you see from it and leave the rest,” she wrote. “The positive I see is that women … PARENTS take pride in all that they do, sometimes it is just overlooked and they just deserve appreciation for it. Also, as much as I am proud of myself for the things that I do, I am proud of my man for how hard he works. I never said otherwise. I KNOW this situation does not fit everyone’s lifestyle, it is not a post for everyone, AND WAS NEVER INTENDED TO BE.”

Source: aplus.com