Time for some deep thoughts by Brandy. Hold onto your hats…you may lose them. This is not my typical style.
I was sitting here thinking about being a a working mom. How being a SAHM sounds so hard to me and so many of them think the same of me. For one. I am a product of a 2 working parent household. This is the only ‘moming’ I know. Staying home just seems so abstract to me. I went to daycare and only know of a mom working all day and coming home to do another. To some SAHMs, it must seem like I do something impossible too. It is just how we are wired. Not the grass is always greener but more like the grass is strange and blue over there.
I tried to get outside of my head today to think about what it would be like to be at home with Landon. What would we do? And then, I was halted in my tracks. I don’t know how to game plan that concept. Just plain clueless. When I am home for a random day or weekends, I jam them full of stuff. We go to the park, museum, Target, farmer’s market, and playdates. I clean at night after bed during the week so I get full time with him on weekends. But if I stayed home, could I keep that going? Seems pretty exhausting to do every day, but who knows. I’m not saying I would get bored but I would get fidgety. I see my one-on-one time with Landon as time to DO ALL THE THINGS. Trying to think of things to do with him on a consistent daily basis makes me get anxiety just now. That can’t be a good sign.
So after my little thought exercise, I realized I can’t stay at home. Just no way. Rain showers of confetti and lattes for the SAHMs out there. I am VERY confident in my working mom decision, but I do wish we could do more things together. Story time at the library. Go to see the dinosaurs without a giant Saturday crowd. Have a picnic with our friends without conflicting with birthday parties. Stay in our jammies and play trains all day.
So how do you do this? I think I need a staycation. More over, I think it should be part of my vacation day setup. Working moms and dads get an extra week a year. A week not associated with a holiday where we can do whatever. No real errands. No chores. No projects. Just time. Wanna go to the zoo tomorrow? Sure! Wanna stay home and have a picnic in the backyard with the dog? Why the hell not? Pure kid time. Help us balance back out the 3 hour evenings of kid time to the 8 hours of work. Seems reasonable right? Lets make that happen.
O wait. I work in the US. Never happening. ::sad trombone::
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