Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I Like Being a Working Mom Because . . .

So, today I am home all alone.  And, I am lonesome.  I took Jr. to daycare so that he can start getting used to that routine again.  I have a little work to do, but not enough to keep me busy.  It really is not fun being home without him.  I thought it would be awesome.  Time to clean and get things done around the house without a little bugger hanging on my waist?  Perfect! But, I really have gotten used to doing everything I need to do with him around, so now those tasks just seem boring.  And, I miss him!  I dropped him off at 8:30 this morning and then got started on my list of things to do.  First, vacuum the house - Jr.'s started to hate the vacuum noise, so I've neglected that chore a little.  Second, touch up the paint on the front of the house.  Painting is really impossible with a curious little one around.   Next, clean up the flower bed.  A little late in the season, I know, but it looked pretty wild.  Also, I needed to look up some easy work-night recipes, so I just finished adequately perusing Pinterest.

It's now 10:00, and I'm bored.  I'd much rather be reading books and playing cars for the millionth time than sitting here wondering what I used to do with free time.  It's times like these that I start becoming discontent with being a working mom.  I really enjoy being home with Jr. and get kinda weepy thinking about him being in daycare while I work.  So, in an effort to be joyful in all things, I'm trying to remember all the awesome things about being a working mom.  I could easily list the things I enjoy about being home with Jr., but right now, that would be counterproductive.  I need to be inserting lots and lots of positive thoughts into my brain about working and about Jr. going to daycare.

So, I called Sissy Momsie, who is also a working mom.  She is a teacher (one of the most fabulous in the world), so she also has the summers off.  She and I feel very similar about leaving our little ones in daycare, so I knew she could relate.  Somehow, though, my search for positive encouragement turned into a mutual whine session about how it sucks being a working mom.  "Stupid Women's Liberation!"  "God delivered gender specific curses for the sin in the garden.  Women were to suffer in child birth and men were to work hard.  So, why are we taking on the men's curse as well as our own?"

When I noticed this happening, I reluctantly tried to get us back on track (it is hard not to whine).  We came up with the following reasons we love being a working mom (ok, we don't love it, but here are the reasons why we should :))

I love being a working mom because . . .
  1. Less mess around the house.  (Also, less time to clean up, so it kinda evens out).
  2. Adult interaction.  (I'm not big on adult interaction anyway, that's why I work with kids. As you can see, I'm having a real hard time with this exercise.)
  3. Being able to use the degree I'm still paying for out my ying-yang.
  4. If my child acts nutty or says something inappropriate, I can always blame it on daycare (Sissy came up with this one, and it is really the best).
  5. I don't have to read "Hippos Go Berserk" a thousand times a day.
  6. Less changing of dirty diapers.
  7. Being able to set a good example of work ethic.
  8. We both have jobs where we can help children, so that is rewarding.
  9. We pray about it constantly, so we have to trust this is God's will for our family!
Some of you may be rolling your eyes at me right now.  You may really enjoy being a working mom, or you may be a stay-at-home mom that wishes you were working.  I'd love to hear from you!  What do you (or would you) love about being a working mom?

Who wouldn't love staying home all day with this cutie?!

3 comments:

  1. look at that precious smile!

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  2. Just a little comment from another family member. I am so thankful that God allowed me to have the best of both worlds and be home with you and your sister when you were little an then go to work and have adult interaction when you were going to school....plus all summers and vacations off with you. Yep, I was blessed much more than I realized at the time.

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  3. Love this sissy! All working moms can relate to it :)hugs to you as I know how hard it is! Call me and we can cry together :) very good blog :)

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