Friday, April 13, 2012

The Stay At Home Mom Bit

As a teacher, I do get a lot of time off to be with my family.  There's the Christmas break, February break, Easter break, and summer vacation.  This gives me some down time to try my hand at the sahm bit (note, I'm not equating being home for a week or even 3 months as being a permanent sahm, if this post offends you chill the fuck out).

Now I'm off from April 6th-16th...sweet and I have to say I have a real love/hate relationship with being an interim acting sahm.  I love not having to set my alarm clock.  I love that when I get up I don't have to haul ass to get ready for work.  I just wake up when Isabella comes bounding into my room and I get up, make breakfast, enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee and ease into my day.  I love that I don't have to commute anywhere.  I really really love that I don't have to go to the gym after work, that I can work out in the morning.  I love that I have the time to bake with Isabella and hit up some of the crafts that I've pinned on pinterest.  But most of all, I love that I get to spend so much time with Isabella.  I usually miss so much, but when I'm on my breaks I really do get to enjoy her a lot more.

What isn't so great is the pressure to "do something" with her all the time.  Right?  So, sure we can go to the park and play outside if it's nice out.  We go to the gym together.  I can take her to the zoo or a museum or schedule a play date.  We can craft together and enjoy a movie, but the days are just so long.  Plus, how do sahm's fill their days every day?  In the summer I'm like some sort of "What do we do today" lunatic, because staying inside all day makes me go a little off my rocker.  Andplusalso, by 3pm I'm super over everything.

All in all, I think I could rock being a sahm and I think I do a good job of acting the part when I'm home, but I do love that I have a job outside the home as well.  I think it's a great balance for our family.
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robin said...

I totally thought this post was going to be about the whole Ann Romney stay-at-home mom debate that has been raging in the news lately! I totally relate to you, I'm also a teacher (more part-time than you) and have work 3 days/week and am at home with a toddler and an infant 4 days/week. The days when I am home are MUCH more difficult than work days. I always feel like I am either drowning in housework or struggling to come up with something to do to get the kids out of the house. I think it is normal to feel frustrated by being at home - especially when it's not your "normal" schedule, it can be so overwhelming to just have a whole, unstructured day that you have to fill. So anyway, not much to offer here, just wanted to say I can relate :)

jamie said...

I think every mum dream to be a stay at home mum. To watch their children grow, to teach their children first-handedly, to be the COO of the household.

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Stephanie said...

I've done both and am not sure there really is a perfect answer. Being a SAHM is hard work, working outside the home and coming home is hard work. That's kind of all there is too it!

Jo said...

I've also been both and there are good things and horrible things about both.
I think I would really like it if I could work between 10 and 14:30 5 days a week and then also have all the school holidays off.

Now I just need to find someone who would be willing to pay me what they pay me now for those hours.

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