Thank you for the many responses on Twitter and comments on Woe Is ME...and "Stay At Home" Parents Everywhere. I have a few thoughts on being home with my kids...
Since I have been a mother, I have worked part time, worked full time, and stayed at home. Let's just get the BIG elephant in the room out of the way to begin with, shall we? I despise the title "stay-at-home mom". That's just me. When you ask me what I do, I will likely respond, "I am at home with my kids right now" or "I'm at home right now." For those that are at home full time with their kids, we all have a story, or I guess I am assuming we do, of how we became a stay at home parent.
Some days, most days, I get weepy and find myself in awe just watching my kids as they explore something new, or we read books as they pile on my lap, or catch a glimpse of them in the rear-view mirror.
Then, there are other days that I am jealous that my husband gets to "go" to work everyday, stop and grab a coffee if and when he chooses, or be alone with his thoughts as he drives to work [4 year olds never let you be alone with your thoughts, they have WAY too many of their own to share].
Then, because I am a mom, it starts to set in. You know "IT". Mom guilt. We can pretty much make ourselves feel guilty for anything! Right? Right.
The days when I am feeling used and abused*.
I mean, a simple thank you would be nice!
Or at least a hot shower.
Okay, I will just settle for brushed teeth.
It's true, I cannot find time to fit in a simple phone call. Do you know how kids act the minute you get on the phone? I stay up super late, not cleaning my house or preparing meals for the next day, but just doing a few things that I wanna do. Some moms get up early, but I have an early riser, so I'd have to get up super-duper early to enjoy any time for myself.
I'll tell you what I really do look forward to...lunch, coffee, or a drink with a friend. That has become a great way to re-energize when I am feeling all restless. What do you do?
*Please note this is a figure of speech only. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, if you or a family member is in a violent situation at home please get help today!