I have been a stay at home mom for 10 years. I worked all the way up to the day before our 1st child was born. My husband and I knew I would be quitting my job and starting this new job – motherhood / stay at home mom. It was a scary decision but I am glad that was the decision we made. As the years went by have gone by we have been blessed to have more children, now 5 and praying for God’s will for possibly one more.
Being a stay at home mom is a big job. We wear many hats (doctor – for all the scrapes, cuts and bruises, taxi driver – taking kids to appointments, play dates, activities, etc., teacher – I am a homeschool mom, cook – making my kids 3 meals a day and snacks in between – the list goes on and on.) If you are a stay at home mom you know what I mean.
Last week I learned a valuable lesson. Yes, being a stay at home mom is a hard job but a mom that works full time and has all the other mom responsibilities is even harder! We decided to change up our homeschooling next year by doing Classical Conversations which I will post about soon. We had a wonderful opportunity last week to go to Practicum which is like a homeschool convention for moms while the kids went into their camp classes where they learned Geography through drawing, Science through experiments, etc. It was for 3 days from 9 AM to 4 PM. I admit these were long days for my family, we are not used to it. The classes were over a 1/2 hour away so that mean’t I needed to be prepared and organized.
I know my comparison is not exactly the same as a real working mom but it showed me of what a working mom has to do, daily! I got a dose of what a working mom outside of the house looks like. I had to get up early enough to get ready myself, eat breakfast, packs the kids lunches and mine, make sure their backpacks had all their supplies in them they needed for the day, get the kids up and fed, dressed and out the door. Then once the classes were done come home fix dinner, bath kids, etc. I found it all exhausting! I could not imagine having to do this every day!
Working moms have to get kids picked up from school, maybe by sitting in carpool or bus lines. Then there is helping kids with homework, getting kids bathed, cooking dinner and all the other things working moms do! I do not know how you all do it! To all you working moms, kuddos to you!
Even though I am a stay at home mom it is not all peaches and cream, it is a hard job too. My house looks like a mess most of the time, dishes are in the sick and laundry is piled up high but after this experience it makes me super thankful that not only do I have a schedule like a working mom but it made me realize how blessed I am that I get to spend so much time with my kids. They grow so fast, I would not want to miss a moment of it!
Let’s face it motherhood is a hard job overall but very rewarding! Are you a working mom or stay at home mom and what do you find the most challenging?