Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Positives of Being a Working Mom

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.

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19 comments:

For the Love of Naps - Sarah said...

OH! I love finding out people are teachers..and I probably already knew this about you but maybe not. I taught too...but now am home. I MISS TEACHING - I think it is a profession that takes up a part of your soul and when you aren't doing it a little piece of you is missing. So good for you for finding the positives - and they are ALL positives! I am assuming you get your summers off...which is why I contemplated not staying home because teaching really does give you the best of both worlds! You are modern woman - I hear you roar!

Stephanie said...

I would love to be a SAHM...but that is not going to be a possibility! I too am going to be working to make sure that I can afford anything and everything that we want! I am proud of you for sticking up for working moms!! :) P.S. I'm adding your button to my page!

Laura said...

BRAVO! I'm so glad your wrote this! Just what I needed to read today. I'm about 2.5 seconds from 24 fourth graders barreling in on me! :) Have a great day!

Christine said...

Whatever you choose to do, do it with your whole heart. Whether a working mom or a SAHM...It's the quality of time we spend with our kids that matters!

Glad you can see the positives in your situation!

Barras' said...

I love the way you put this! I could not agree with you more! Everyone in my hubbs family are SAHMs BUT my mom always taught me the importance of work and I was given the best childhood ever because she scarificed working all day everyday. I give you props for the things you do! I can't imagine how hard it is but I do know that I want to be just like ya when I'm given that choice!

Barras' said...

I love the way you put this! I could not agree with you more! Everyone in my hubbs family are SAHMs BUT my mom always taught me the importance of work and I was given the best childhood ever because she scarificed working all day everyday. I give you props for the things you do! I can't imagine how hard it is but I do know that I want to be just like ya when I'm given that choice!

Barras' said...

I love the way you put this! I could not agree with you more! Everyone in my hubbs family are SAHMs BUT my mom always taught me the importance of work and I was given the best childhood ever because she scarificed working all day everyday. I give you props for the things you do! I can't imagine how hard it is but I do know that I want to be just like ya when I'm given that choice!

Mommy Words said...

Good for you! I went back to work after Sophia and left while pregnant with Miles. Almost every day I miss it. There are 2 sides to every coin. And being a teacher is wonderful!

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Kim said...

I wish you were teaching my children... found you Via Friday follow - hope you follow me back!

Charlene said...

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B Sparkly said...

You got allot to be proud off. I’m a sahm been at home for the past 15 months, and I’m looking forward to going back to work part time soon…Just feel like I need a little more balance, and also the little bit of money can help.
Have a great weekend!
Anat

Babes Mami said...

I like this, I just posted about being a SAHM the other day. I stay at home for reasons the same as you go to work for reasons. Different and yet the same.

Julie said...

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I love that you're happy in life, life can be so rewarding. Working with kids is what I do but in a daycare at my home. Life is good and the kids are great. I wouldn't trade my life for anything either. I'm off to see what else you have happening. Take car and have a very wonderful and blessed weekend.

Lil'Misa said...

I feel the same way. This was a great post. :)

ModernMom said...

I have done both the Working outside the home and SAHM gig. Both have huge plus sides and mind numbing challenges! lol
Thanks so much for the friday follow. Following right back!

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I enjoy being a SAHM but Miss working also.

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Munchin' Mama said...

Oh My GOD!! Thank you so much for writing this! I just came across your blog but I wish I had found it 6 months ago :o)

Sarah said...

Hi there, I just came across your blog and of course I was instantly drawn to it as I am a teacher too! I'm not a parent yet, but I always love hearing perspectives from both working moms and stay at home moms! Thanks for sharing your insights :)

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