Choosing To Be a Stay-At-Home Mom…Over and Over Again


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Jun 13 2020 16 mins  

Choosing To Be a Stay-At-Home Mom…Over and Over Again


When Karen Stapley’s family struggled financially, she tried to go back to work. But that path never opened, so she and her husband accepted the outcome and moved forward in faith.

Despite resenting the stigma that BYU students who major in elementary education are doing so “just to get married and have children,” Karen Stapley did eventually leave her job as a teacher to become a stay-at-home mom. But that doesn’t mean she stopped teaching—she just switched to a different classroom.

For the next 17 years, Karen taught at church, at young women’s camp, in her community, and especially in her home. Though an exceptional and entertaining teacher, she is more well-known in social circles for being creative, crafty, and inclusive. I dare you to find someone who has not felt love from this woman.

But being home and available to the masses also came at a cost.

When the housing crisis of 2008 hit the Stapley home with a vengeance, Karen tried to go back to work to help the family financially. But no doors opened. Earlier, when she returned from a trip to Ethiopia with a desire to start a non-profit organization that could increase literacy in developing countries, she got the same message. No.

Through these experiences (and others like them), Karen faithfully acknowledges that the Lord has a plan for her life and for her career. Currently, that plan involves her being at home—ready and available to serve whenever and wherever she is needed.

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • How Karen uses her education to serve her family and others
  • Why she didn’t go back to work when her family fell on financial hardship
  • The opportunities she had for personal growth while being home
  • Most Importantly: How she has seen the Lord’s hand in her career.

Mentioned in this Episode

  • Definition of​ Career: An occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person's life and with opportunities for progress.