A dad’s heartfelt Facebook message about stay-at-home moms is going viral — and a quick look at some of the loving proclamations he made within will show you exactly why it’s resonating.
It all started earlier this month when a woman name Kate Douglas shared her husband Scott’s letter about her, explaining in a post of her own that he wrote the message after she had a hard day and felt “defeated” caring for the couple’s two young boys.
After Scott got home from work one day, Kate said she went out for a few hours presumably to de-stress and returned to see that her husband had penned the kind and compassionate letter about moms like her. Then, she posted it on popular parenting blogger Constance Hall’s Facebook page, where it soon gained traction.
Scott opened the letter by drawing some important distinctions between working professionals and stay-at-home moms.
“After a hard day at work there is nothing better than clocking off. Some days I get home and see my beautiful wife worn out , tired, frustrated and overwhelmed by the challenges of being a mum,” his note read. “Unlike me she has no set hour to clock off or rewarded with overtime or bonuses for all the extra work and effort she has put in during the day.”
He continued, “She doesn’t accumulate sick leave, annual leave or long service, no weekly super or weekend, no looking forward to a public holiday to shorten her week.”
Scott went on to say that Kate “clocked” into motherhood on March 5, 2011, when the couple had their first kid and went into “overtime shift” with their second child arrived on June 8, 2014, praising his wife for never looking for a “pay raise” or “another job” and for caring for the couple’s two young boys so diligently.
Then, he delivered a pointed message to Kate about the true impact she’s having on the kids, noting that the boys woke up on that tough and overwhelming day in “nice warm beds” that were “lovingly washed and made” by her.
“So, when you see a bad day, I see an amazing woman who never calls in sick, never quits, never turns her back on the hard days and who has the power to go to bed knowing it will happen all again tomorrow.”
Scott also noted how Kate made breakfast and lunch for the kids, dropped one off at daycare and potty trained the other at home all day, while “teaching him how to make his way from toddler to a big boy.” From there, he recounted how she did house work, picked up from daycare, took the kids to appointments and made dinner for the family.
Despite the challenges of the day, Scott sought to remind his wife that her selfless actions throughout set the children on a healthy and wondrous path forward.
“So, when you see a bad day, I see an amazing woman who never calls in sick, never quits, never turns her back on the hard days and who has the power to go to bed knowing it will happen all again tomorrow,” he concluded. “You are an amazing and fabulous mother, even though it doesn’t seem like it; you are the greatest thing in these boys lives and we love you for everything you do.”
Kate later told The Huffington Post that she believes all parents deserve to feel appreciated, and expressed her gratitude to her husband — whom she said isn’t much of a talker — for so openly offering her praise.
“He’s not really a talker or one to express his emotions so it was just amazing,” Kate told the outlet.
(H/T: Huffington Post)