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 . . .
- Less mess around the house. (Also, less time to clean up, so it kinda evens out).
- 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.)
- Being able to use the degree I'm still paying for out my ying-yang.
- 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).
- I don't have to read "Hippos Go Berserk" a thousand times a day.
- Less changing of dirty diapers.
- Being able to set a good example of work ethic.
- We both have jobs where we can help children, so that is rewarding.
- We pray about it constantly, so we have to trust this is God's will for our family!
|Who wouldn't love staying home all day with this cutie?!|