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Finally! Words that Fit Me

One question I’ve grown to dislike over the years is, “What do you DO for a living?” (As if this question reveals all there is to know about me.) Today, in the Johnson City Press, Kathryn Lopez addressed the question. So, on my 49th birthday I thank you, Kathryn, for finally giving me words to what I’ve done (and am doing) with my life!

Kathryn divides moms up in three categories:

  1. Working
  2. Stay-at-home
  3. Adaptive

Well, thanks to this article, I can now say, “Hear ye, hear ye! I am an adaptive woman.” The next couple paragraphs from her article will explain it.

Adaptive women have interests in both work and family, and … they seek to scale back their work when they have children in the home – especially infants and toddlers. But when they don’t have children, or their children are older, adaptive women are often interested in working outside the home on a full-time basis. So, their orientation to work and family shifts over the life course, and according to the needs of their children.

In other words, they’re neither just stay-at-home moms nor working moms: They’re women who do what’s best for them and their families at a given time. They don’t fit the standard conservative stay-at-home model or the liberal full-time-working-woman model. For that reason, they are often invisible in media and academic debates about work and family.

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About rlbreflections

Born and raised in Muskegon, Michigan. Graduated from Oakridge High School - Go Blue! Married a University of Michigan grad - Go Blue! Back in college full-time at East Tennessee State University - Go Blue!

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  1. If this had a Like Button like Facebook that is what I would push 🙂 Very nice! And Happy Birthday Aunt Rhonda! Im blessed to have you as my Aunt! and baby oglesby will be blessed to have you as a Great Aunt 🙂 Love that! Hope to see you soon and I miss you.

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  2. At long last. I have the same dilemma, too. Thank you so much for sharing this. Go Adaptive women, go! 🙂

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  3. This is SO you, Mama! I’m glad you finally found words to describe you. 🙂

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  4. Amen Sista! and I am not even a sista! LOL… After reading your blog (I love it!), this also decribes the proverbs 31 woman…which, I can witness too…you are! We’ll be in touch soon…love and kisses to All,

    ~Kevin

    Pro 31:10 Who can find a woman of virtue? For her value is far above rubies.
    Pro 31:11 The heart of her husband trusts safely in her, so that he shall have no need of plunder.
    Pro 31:12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
    Pro 31:13 She seeks wool and flax, and works willingly with her hands.
    Pro 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
    Pro 31:27 She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.

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