5 Things I Love Best about Being a Stay at Home Mom!
You hear a lot about the title “mom.”
There’s that hot mess stereotype. You know, we’re all just frazzled Mrs. Weaselys.
That “mom” is the most important job — the way underappreciated but sometimes coddling sentiment.
You hear about moms losing sight of who they are. “Mom” becomes the whole identity, you are a shadow of your former self.
Those are the ones I hear most often and they are at times all true. But you know what? I love being Mom. I embrace it.
Here are my top favorite things about my favorite job description:
Duh. This one is kind of obvious but sooooo true. Being a stay-at-home mom I am able to set my own schedule. There are things that need to get done everyday but I get to choose when. Something comes up. Fine. I just move a couple things around. Bada-bing bada-boom. We’re golden. Sure, waking up at all hours of the night to take care of a sick toddler also comes with the territory but I love being able to change things up on a whim.
This is also obvious but not talked about enough. We focus a little too much on the monotony, the messes, the tantrums, blah blah blah. Yeah, these things happen more often then not but that’s not all it is. Say it with me now, “Having kids is FUN!” They are hilarious and you just love them so much. You get to go on fun outings during the day and it be totally justified. Baking cookies = justified. Finger painting = justified. Spending three hours outdoors at the park during a weekday = totally justified. None of that is justified on a Tuesday morning sitting in a cubicle somewhere.
Helping my Husband
This one may not be so obvious but I am really glad for the opportunity to stay home and get a lot of the monotonous tasks out of the way. When Dave comes homes he can focus on spending time with us. He doesn’t have to worry about making dinner, doing laundry, going grocery shopping, cleaning up a huge mess, etc. We have a pretty traditional division of labor and it works for us. Those things may not need the most technical skill but they do need to happen. I actually kind of like some of those repetitive tasks. They give structure to my overly flexible schedule :)
My Ocki might not be very important to you but I can think of nothing that I have a more vested interest in. I want to see her succeed in every way possible and that means being the very best me I can be. I don’t know if this makes me incredibly selfish or selfless. What it does do is give my life meaning that I didn’t have before. I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up (even in my mid twenties) and now it doesn’t matter because taking care of Ocki is a pretty important job to me and my husband. Probably to her too ;)
Getting to Know this Really Awesome Little Person
This is probably my favorite reason I love being mom. Ocki is just really cool and she gets more personality by the day. It is so much fun to get to interact with her everyday. She is 16 months and already she is so happy, inquisitive, clever, kind, funny, and gorgeous. Can I count the ways I love her? Not really. All I know is she’s already a lot better than I am.
What are your favorite things about being mom? Join the conversation and let me know in the comments below.
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