It's been a little over year since I became a full time SAHM. While there are many perks to being one, I must say that it is the most difficult and tiring job that I have ever had. I've read many blogs about people arguing the importance and difficulty of this job and I 100% agree. SAHM's are overworked, undervalued and grossly underpaid...from what the world deems as payment, that is.
See, as stay at home moms, we are working from the time the kids get up in the morning until they go to bed at night. Then, all night, every night, we are on call. Yep, if they need us in the middle of the night, for whatever reason, we are there to calm their woes. Most of the time, when people leave their jobs to go home, they are done for the day. We may not get monetary supplement for our hard work, but those hugs, kisses and "I love yous", those are worth more than gold. A Mom is never done.
<sidenote> The Daddy in my house is never done either. The girls attack him the moment he enters the house after his long day of work. He has missed them terribly and they feel the same way he does. He's tired after being up since 4:30 am to get his workout in and working all day, but he plays and laughs with his girls, because he loves them. <end husband plug>
I want to make something very clear here. I am not saying that SAHMs have a more difficult jobs than Moms who work outside the home, because I don't believe that for a second. As a mother, I know we would all love to be at home with our littles, loving and laughing, but it doesn't always work out that way. Those moms that drop their child(ren) off at daycare and head to their "other" job, are doing just that. Heading to a far less meaningful (unless they are some kind of doctor for children, teacher or doing some other form of work that impacts the lives of others) job while their little one(s) is/are in the care of others. When they pick up their child(ren) from daycare, they continue to work. Sure, they are probably like my husband, tired but enjoying the giggles and time with their littles before bedtime. And then, all night long, they are on call. Regardless of how their littles fair through the night, they have to get up and do it all over again. Mad kudos to you, Working Moms! You are amazing!!!
After being on both sides of it, as much as I love my girls, I am not a good stay at home mom. Yes, I'll admit it. I love the sweet moments with all of my heart. Hearing Mallori (2) affectioantely call her big sister, Payton (almost 6), "Sissy" and "Paytie Poo" is enough to melt my heart every time. To hear them giggle together, talk about who knows what and take turns making their baby sister laugh are the best sounds I would ever hear at any job. Then there are the tought times. The meltdowns over not sharing or one girl hitting the other. Seriously. Makes me long for a job outside of my home. A job with grown ups, who don't hit one another because one won't share her marker. I have a part time gig on the weekend and I joke (sort of) about it being my escape. It really is! Damien gets a sample of what I do 5 days a week (and he ROCKS it, I might add!) and I get adult conversation.
Now, I was going to post some beautiful accessories that I am seriously lusting over right now, but first thing this morning, I read this:
"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things" Colossians 3:1,2
I need this reminder all the time. I LOVE fashion and accessories! Not that the love of those things is wrong, but ther is a Love that is far more substantial and fulfilling. I'm going to resist the temptaion of sharing those things today, as to encourage you ladies to focus on what's truly important also!
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