What's A-Parent is a series highlighting those who get real about the hardships that come with raising kids. These often untold stories help show parents they are not alone in their struggle, and are doing an amazing job.
The hard work of mothers, and all that they do for their families, can sometimes be overlooked. So, one tattoo artist mom, named Ryshell Castleberry, penned an emotional Facebook letter "dedicated to all the women who give their lives for the welfare of their families." Castleberry wrote the letter in early March after hearing criticisms that a stay-at-home mother "doesn't work."
The post features a hypothetical conversation between a psychologist and a husband who says his housewife "doesn't work." But after the husband rattles off a list of his wife's daily tasks, including getting the kids dressed and ready for school, going to the supermarket, taking care of the baby, cleaning, cooking and putting the kids to bed, it's clear his definition of "work" is quite skewed.
"Enjoy and appreciate your wife, mother, grandma, aunt, sister, daughter," Castleberry writes. "Because their sacrifice is priceless."
After Castleberry's Facebook post went insanely viral, she received praise from other stay-at-home mothers.
"Awesome! Beautiful portrait," Facebook user Samantha Howell commented. "I get a lot of slack for not having a, 'job.' I have four kids, breast fed them all until age of two, and their father is sitting in a cell for the next twenty. I'm a mom, I'm a warrior, and this is a full-time job."
But some professional working moms felt left out by the Facebook post.
"I really feel for the moms who have to do half of this or more and still go to work 8 to 9 hours a day, and come home and work another few, that would be me," Kerenina Windham Molina wrote.
Kristi Potter commented, "And some of us do all this and work!"
Castleberry responded to the criticism with a message that all moms can hopefully get behind.
"You take the POSITIVE that you see from it and leave the rest," she wrote. "The positive I see is that women ... PARENTS take pride in all that they do, sometimes it is just overlooked and they just deserve appreciation for it. Also, as much as I am proud of myself for the things that I do, I am proud of my man for how hard he works. I never said otherwise. I KNOW this situation does not fit everyone's lifestyle, it is not a post for everyone, AND WAS NEVER INTENDED TO BE."
Castleberry's sentiment of celebrating whatever lifestyle works best for you and your family is one we like to hear.