Being a Stay at Home Mum is a full time job; don’t let anybody tell you differently. Even though we might not bring in a lot of money (although we definitely can, as you’ll see in a second), the job of a SAHM is much different. While dad’s off busy making money, mum’s busy making a home.
Some women choose the harder road of giving up promising careers in order to raise their children and support their husbands, and they deserve just as much respect as any multimillion dollar CEO or novelist. Of course, who’s to say you can’t be both? This post is equal parts inspiration and respect as we look at some famous stay at home mums.
If you don’t know her name, you definitely know her work. Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series of vampire novels have sold more than 100 million copies all over the world. For two years she was the highest selling author in America.
It wasn’t always fame and fortune; feeling like she had no talent as an author, Stephanie originally had plans to go to law school. That all changed with the birth of her first son, and she spent the next three months working on what would become the world’s biggest pop culture sensation.
She’s one of the most recognized names in the world, and it all started from home while raising a daughter. Martha Stewart learned how to cook from her mother, and her grandparents taught her about preserving and canning food. Struggling with a modeling career, Martha and her husband moved into a new home in Connecticut, where she immediately took over the remodeling work.
After some troubles trying to open a catering company, Martha Stewart was eventually contracted to write a short cooking book One thing led to another and after a few years Martha Stewart had a magazine, a show, and half a dozen cooking and planning books on the market.
A little known fact: Martha Stewart dated Anthony Hopkins briefly, but left because she couldn’t stop associating him with Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs.
Before Stephanie Meyer, no stay at home mum was getting more attention than JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. This is a truly inspirational story of a woman who went from living on social security and became a millionaire in less than 5 years. Now? She’s worth about a billion dollars.
Many of the characters and situations in Harry Potter came from events in her own life such as her bout with depression, which led to the Dementors, and the death of her mother, which she turned into Harry Potter’s painful back story. During the time she worked on the first book she was unemployed, separated, and had to care for a young daughter.
The Aussie woman behind the 4 Ingredients book series and TV show, Rachael Bemingham entered into fame like the rest of the women on this list: caring for her children and following her dreams whenever she could. She spends a lot of time now traveling around the world and speaking with audiences.
In 2006 she released her first book called Read My Lips, which was co-authored with five other women. Two years later that book became the 2nd bestselling book in the world, second only to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
A lot of people don’t know this, but actress Julia Roberts puts a lot of effort into balancing her home life and her career. She’s been through several marriages and subsequent divorces, but throughout it all she has remained a committed mother for her three children.