I've written before about how being a working mom can be difficult, but I don't think I've ever written about the positives. Nothing is all bad. So when I'm feeling down about not being home I will need one of you to kick my ass into gear and point me in the direction of this out of character positive post.
I'm providing financial security for my daughter. I grew up in a middle class family, but on the day I graduated high school I was given a diploma and a good luck. No college fund. I don't blame my parents, they did the best they could, but tens of thousands of student loan dollars later and here I am. Also, I grew up in apartments. My first backyard wasn't until I was married and in my own house. I want her to be able to go to college without worry and live in a nice house in a nice neighborhood. Working accomplishes that.
I may not be good at a lot of things, but I am damn good at my job. I taught 2nd grade inclusion for three years and I've been teaching third grade gifted and talented for the past two and I'm really good at it. It's my element. I feel totally comfortable and at ease in what I'm doing and how I'm doing it. I have a 100% passing rate on state tests. I can give myself this credit.
I'm doing good. I'm helping kids. I'm making a difference. Who doesn't love someone who helps kids?
I'm providing my daughter with an example of what a modern day family is. That women can enjoy a career and a family simultaneously.
Additionally, finances aren't a worry. I don't have to worry about buying diapers, formula, baby food, or a ridiculously obscene amount of baby clothes. I'm never stressed out about bills which is a comfort in times of economic uncertainty.
Somedays, maybe most days, do I want to be SAHM? Sure. Is that going to happen in the near future? No. So I might as well enjoy the perks of it.