“Motherhood is not a hobby.”

“Many voices in the world today marginalize the importance of having children or suggest delaying or limiting children in a family. My daughters recently referred me to a blog written by a Christian mother (not of our faith) with five children. She commented: “[Growing] up in this culture, it is very hard to get a biblical perspective on motherhood. … Children rank way below college. Below world travel for sure. Below the ability to go out at night at your leisure. Below honing your body at the gym. Below any job you may have or hope to get.” She then adds: “Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.”7

Having young children is not easy. Many days are just difficult. A young mother got on a bus with seven children. The bus driver asked, “Are these all yours, lady? Or is it a picnic?”

“They’re all mine,” she replied. “And it’s no picnic!”8

As the world increasingly asks, “Are these all yours?” we thank you for creating within the Church a sanctuary for families, where we honor and help mothers with children.”

Elder Neil L. Anderson, “Children”. October 2011 General Conference.

*Note: If you love the above quote (in bold), you can get a beautiful decorative printable of those words here.

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2 thoughts to ““Motherhood is not a hobby.””

  1. Thank you for sharing this. Sometimes I feel I can’t get enough validation that motherhood is where I’m supposed to be right now. This is a great quote. I’ve also been finding inspiration in the new Daughters in My Kingdom book.

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