Monday, June 22, 2009

SAHM

Once upon a time there was a working mom.


Her busy days were full of committees, meetings, teaching, making lesson plans, grading papers, running errands, all with her daily planner within arm's reach.


She counted down the days until summer vacation.


And then summer came and she became a temporary stay-at-home-mom.


And quickly realized why she works.



Now her days are full of laundry, cooking, cleaning, whining, yelling, settling arguments, and running errands much more slowly with the added help of 2 kids.



She loves her children very much.



But she also loves working very much.



She is torn between wanting summers off with her children and longing for the busy days of feeling accomplished and successful.

For now, she will settle into the SAHM role and will get the hang of it.


Right around the time school starts up again.



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24 comments:

Kat said...

It's like aerobics. By the time I figured out what sort of move to make...they have moved on.

What about farming? Your summer is full of important things like farming. And harvesting for friends...

Bren said...

I'm not sure how good I would be with Maggie home all the time. I used to think I wanted to be a SAHM but after long weekends with all of us at home, I am usually kinda relieved when it's back to our normal routine. You will get the hang of it - about a week before school starts!

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Denise @ Sunflowers, Chocolate and Little Boys said...

Staying home with my kids is the hardest job I ever had, but also the most rewarding. That is awesome that you are able to work during the school year and take summers off.

Rebecca said...

You always have the best pictures!

I envy moms who work, at times.

Jennifer said...

I hear you! My husband doesn't understand how teaching preschool is different than staying home with our kids!

Becky said...

Very well said!

Great post;)

Martha said...

Summer does go quickly, sorry for the whininess. You can always send the rugrats out here, I will tire them out at the Beach and swim club.

Emily said...

I'd say that with getting to work 9 months and then having 3 months off means you've achieved the perfect balance!

Momma@Live. Laugh. Pull your hair out said...

Love this post! I can understand where youre coming from considering I am home with the kids all of the time and look forward to the day that I can get out in the real world again!!!

♥ bfs - Mimi ♥ said...

And don't forget the canning that comes with farm life ... and quilting ... ♥

Linda said...

I was a SAHM and my daughter is now a SAHM. It was a job I loved and would do over in a heartbeat. Then I was a HeadStart teacher for 20 years. I loved it but always looked forward to summer break. Then I ran daycare in my home for up to 14 kids, some overnighters. I look back now and wonder if I were nuts. I so totally enjoy my kid-free days now. We have 9 grandchildren and we both love for them to be around. There sure is a difference between your own flesh and blood and someone else's kids.
Your pictures display alot of love going on there.....Good Job, temporary SAHM.......

Finding Normal said...

So so true.

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

The constant pull of a mom! My sister works outside the home and says the same thing. Enjoy your summer and don't forget even SAHM's need nice breaks like "girl's night" or a date with your husband or shopping ALONE! :)

Deanna said...

Very well stated! When I'm at work, I wish I was home with the baby. When I'm home with the baby on the weekends, I wish I could have a few hours of daycare so I could get some things accomplishedd. And then I feel guilty. It's amazing how much we can love a job that's so hard...it's also so rewarding.

Lauren said...

I am a SAHM and while I love it 99% of the time sometimes I wish I had an outside job. Just for a little adult conversation!

THE Stephanie said...

Yeah, I get it. I wasn't meant to be a SAHM. I love my kids, but it's just not my calling.

And yours sure are super cute!!

Misty said...

HONEY...I know exactly what you mean!!!

SmartPumpkin'sMom said...

you always have great pictures!

Z's Mom said...

Awww....I know how you feel....well, not from experience...I can only imagine.

Those are great pics! What type of camera do you use anyway? I need to get a new one.....eventually....

Julie said...

I sometimes think it would be nice to be a teacher and have the summers off. But then again, maybe not :)

Courtney D said...

So sweet, those baby faces!! Enjoy your lovely summer with your family!
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pam said...

Isn't that the truth!!

I always find the first week or so the hardest of the whole summer. Kids and I need to get into a groove and routine and then we are okay!

Enjoy the summer, it passes so quickly. What is your first day back to school?

Rhonda said...

I didn't realize you were a teacher. I was one for 6 years. I've been home for 8. I am fixing to go back into it!