So it’s been five whole years since I changed careers to be a SAHM (stay at home mom). It’s been a wild ride with so many unexpected ups and downs and through it all, I can honestly say I am glad I have been able to do it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I don’t miss working outside the house…there are many times when I feel a sense of regret when I hear my former classmates say they are now licensed counselors and I wonder what I’ve been doing the past five years. Being a full time mom is unlike any schooling or career I’ve ever had; there are no tests (well, maybe every day is a test – of patience, that is!) and no quarterly reviews or promotions to work for (and definitely no pay increases!). It’s truly been a learning on the job experience even with all the parenting books out there (which I believe are good for general information, but those authors have only had experience with their own kids, not mine!).
I wish there was some way I could evaluate my work as a SAHM and get a grade or just a piece of paper that could tell me I’m on the right track. It’s hard to see progress when you’re stuck in the every day mundane-ness of it all. When I see old pictures of the kids though, I see how much they have grown, so that must mean all my blood, sweat and tears have done something productive, right? And it’s nice to get complimented by random strangers in restaurants (it’s happened 2x so far!) on how well behaved E and C are; it makes me feel like I must be doing something right (and grateful these people don’t see the kids when they are melting down right before naptime).
But enough with the moaning and groaning. To fully appreciate any job, I think the best thing to do is to look on the bright side. So with that said, I have come up with the top 5 list of reasons why I like being a SAHM.
1 – I get to wear whatever I want to cause my kids don’t care how I look.
2 – There are no long lines at the grocery store during a weekday.
3 – I don’t have to be stuck in traffic going to and from work.
4 – I can take naps during the afternoon.
5 – And best of all, I get to see all the kids’ firsts – first word, first step, first time going down a slide alone, first time when they are successful with the potty…the list goes on and on.
|Witnessing my munchkins’ first time holding hands 🙂|
I’m sure when the kids are all grown, I’ll look back on these early years with lots of gratitude that I could stay at home with them. Paychecks and promotions can wait, but childhood can’t. And I don’t want to miss a thing about seeing them grow up.
Here’s Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”