Our Mind Is Too Good To Stay At Home?

~ Posted on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 9:34 AM ~

I am halfway reading the Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World book from Zig Ziglar (I love love love this book!) and I came across this part where Ziglar mentioned this lady (a SAHM) who gave a very good response when people commented that her brain should be put to better use in the working world instead of at home. Please take some time to ponder on the excerpts below taken from the book:

"For those mothers who are sometimes looked down upon by an ignorant or insensitive person because they have chosen to stay home and raise their babies, I love what Linda Burton, a mother of two, says when her working friends tell her that "her mind is too good to stay at home":

"I decided my mind was too good NOT to stay home with my children.
The best minds are required there."

I'll second that and add that the most important, demanding and rewarding career a mother can have is to raise her kids positively in a negative world".

Oh I so, so, so, so truly agree with that. I used to think it's a waste of my talents and brain for quitting my job to be a SAHM but yeah... the best minds are required at home... by my own child. I always have the opinion that no strangers should raise my own child cos well, I give birth to my child and so, it is my duty to raise them up, not some strangers.

I am particularly fond of this Polish Proverb: "You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once." That's what I thought of when deciding to quit. I can always find some job later (if I want to) but my child grows up real fast and no time or money can replace that memories of being part of their life as they grow up.

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So, back to this topic, I do agree that our mind is too good NOT to stay at home with our children! With that, I leave you with this short poem:

If I had my child to raise all over again,
I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I'd finger-paint more, and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I'd do more hugging and less tugging.

~Diane Loomans, from "If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again"

Btw, just want to let you guys know 2 years ago on this date, we found out we're expecting a baby boy! Now look at him, all grown up!

Comments (13) -


Hi Jenny,

It sounds like a good and interesting book to have.

Ben is Super Cute!

Catheryn  @ Pink Bibs

OH Jenny!! Muacks!! You know I will surely, definitely and strongly agree with this post.  

This quote "I decided my mind was too good NOT to stay home with my children.  The best minds are required there." I can't help but to agree with both hands and legs! No one will raise our child like we can ourselves.

I have been imagining myself returning to work and leaving my little child in a stranger's hands.  Will I regret it? BIG YES!

And BIG NO NO NO to those who think that SAHM who stays home to raise their child is a easy peasy leisure and worth-nothing job.

Joey How

Just what I needed to know and read...I've been questioning the decision these past few days and reading this post makes me feel way much better. Thanks Jenny!

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Claire!
Yeah, I love reading this book. It touches on positive parenting with Christianity as well. And thank you for your compliments on Ben! Have a nice day! Smile

Hey Catheryn!
Wah, support 101% ya! Tong Thank you, thank you, glad you enjoyed this post  Smile

Hey Joey!
Glad you find this article timely and helpful. Whatever you doubt or worries in your mind, just trust your mummy instincts and I'm sure your hubby and Ewan will appreciate you staying home Smile

Mama Hen

I will have to get this book! I have always loved that poem! Have a great day!

Mama Hen

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Mama Hen!

Yes, please do get the book! I love it! You have a great day too! Smile


great post so encouraging!!  i'm going to go look for the book Smile

jared's mum

sounds like a good book and that bit i really have to repost on my fb page if you don't mind...have a good day!

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Aurie!
Very glad to hear you find this post encouraging! Do look for the book! You can click at the link on the book title in my post as well.

Hi Jared's mum!
It is a good book! Although I'm just halfway reading it, I already find it very very good and inspiring. You have a good day too! Laughing


What a wonderful post. If you don't mind I'm going to send it to some friends that unfortunately are not in the Blog world but are Stay at Home Mamas! I totally respect and look UP to women who stay with their kids. Smile


Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Katie!

Glad you enjoyed this post! Feel free to share it out! Smile

Btw, thanks for your blog meme linkup, it's a great idea!


I'm so inspired reading this while holding my baby. I agree these moments are precious and I'm too smart to stay at home. I'm your newest follower from the blog hop. Thanks!

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Suertemom!

Am so glad you find this post inspiring!

Btw, thanks for the follow! I've returned the favor and looking forward to seeing you back in my blog more often! Smile

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