Being a stay-at-home-mom is the hardest job I’ve ever had. Go ahead and role your eyes or act like you’re gagging, but it is the truth. I think the one of the hardest parts is that you don’t get to ‘punch-out’ at the end of the day. You are on the clock 24/7, with maybe a short break here and there. When we only had Abbi, I knew that when 7:30pm came around I would be getting some down time, at least until 7am the next day. Now that Zoe has been thrown into the mix, I am literally attending to a child’s needs nearly 20 hrs/day. Needless to say, I am really looking forward to Zoe sleeping through the night!
The other really difficult part about this job is that I have no supervisor, no one to guide me when I’m not sure exactly what to do, no one to say “hey, you’re doing a great job.” Yes, I do have the cliche of being ‘paid in kisses and hugs’, but sometimes that just doesn’t do it for me. I love being home with my girls and would have it no other way, but there are days that I miss sitting at a desk and accomplishing something, something that others can appreciate.
Here at home I work with Abbi on learning her colors and numbers and letters, learning sign language, picking up a few spanish words, singing songs and nursery rhymes, counting, etc. I love working with her on that. And it really is work. Anyone who has tried to keep a toddler’s attention for more than 30 seconds understands that it is work. So, it gets frustrating when people accredit those accomplishments to the cartoons that she watches. I feel like it belittles my work as a mom. It really feels like a slap in the face.
I’m not saying all of this in the hopes of receiving emails or comments. I just need to vent this, probably because I have felt like I really suck at my job lately. And, if my girls could, they would totally fire my ass! Then there’s the whole issue of my job as a wife….yup, I’d get fired there too!