As a working mom, I wake up each day and think, “Oh, I just want to stay home with her today.” I’m very lucky to be able to do that one morning and another full day per week. However, there are many days (especially Mondays) when the drop off at daycare results in me wanting to stay and play with Jessa and all her little friends. They wouldn’t miss me too much at work, right? 🙂
Going to work is hard. But you know what else is hard? Staying home with your children. I have been a working mom long enough and am friends with enough stay-at-home-moms that I realize that the grass is often greener on the other side of the fence. I don’t mean that SAHMs wish they weren’t home with their children. However, many of them wish they had a little more time with adults. And I also would never say that all working moms want to stay at home, as work is fulfilling and can be an important part of life. However, I doubt I’m wrong in saying that each mom wonders what life would be like if the work/home life were different.
My husband and I have discussed what my work schedule could/may be like after we have another child. Daycare is PRICEY, and one must make sure that the proper balance is found. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t want to work less when another baby comes. However, do I want to be SAHM? Not really. To be honest, I feel that I would be “wasting” the degree I worked a long time to get. Another reason I like work is that I love getting to hang around with other adults (and other kids!) from time to time!
I regret to say that I often spend my one full day at home during the week worrying about all of the paperwork I need to do for work. I received great advice about a year ago that I should always try to “be present” in everything, whether that be at work or when playing with Jessa. However, I find that my mind is often drifting back to work obligations. That is a bummer but something I have had a hard time changing. I guess that is something to work on!
I’m hoping that I will find the correct work/home balance and spend more time “being present” while playing at home. As I write this it is Sunday evening. I was out of town, away from J, all weekend. I would give anything for tomorrow to not be Monday! Oh, how I am jealous of you SAHMs right about now!