But just before Betsy was ready to give birth, her mother passed away. The Devola woman said it shook her confidence in her ability be a good mother.
“I knew it was going to be hard to be a mom without a mom,” said Betsy, 49, now a stay-at-home mom of three.
Dave and Betsy agreed that when they had children, one of them would become a stay-at-home parent. With fond memories of coming home from school to find her mom at home, Betsy left work and turned her focus to her growing family.
“Looking back, I really enjoyed my mom being at home,” she said. “At the time I’m not sure my brother and I always liked it—but especially now that she’s not here—I really treasure that time we had.”
Robinson said the decision to stay at home hasn’t been an easy one.
“I think sometimes a stay-at-home mom will face some self-esteem issues. Here I am, I went to college and have this degree that I’m not using,” she said. “But at the same time, when I look at my kids, I know it is all worth it.”
Once her youngest child, Aryn, 7, started school, Robinson said she started substitute teaching a few days a week to help overcome some of those self-esteem issues and to fill the day.
“You think you would have all this time, but you really don’t,” she said.
After getting the kids off to school, the rest of the day is filled with volunteer work at the school, coaching and other chores for the home.
“I do feel like I’m modeling my mother,” she said. “That feels really good.”
BRAD BAUER The Marietta Times
Betsy Robinson, 39, of Devola, walks home Tuesday afternoon with her three children after meeting them near their school. Robinson gave up her career to be a stay-at-home mom, but has no regrets.
Fact BoxBetsy Robinson
Address: Heiss Drive, Devola.
Family: Husband of 19 years, Dave; three children, Zach, 11, Maureen, 10, and Aryn, 7.
Occupation: Homemaker and part-time substitute school teacher.