After my previous post, 7 Life Lessons I Learned From My Kids resonated with a lot of people, I came up with an additional list of life lessons that I wanted to share. Something tells me the list isn’t complete yet!
It seems as though I am constantly telling my kids not to do this, not to climb on that, not to hit each other, not to, not to, fill in the blank.
But every now and then, I stand in amazement when I see them do something pretty badass (and inspirational as well)—things that I’ve considered doing that would change my life for the better.
So what do you do for a living?
This is the question I dread being asked the most. I used to answer, “I’m a stay-at-home mom,” (SAHM), to which the reactions have ranged from a slow confused nod, to a fleeting expression of distaste.
I stopped responding “stay-at-home mom,” and instead say, “I’m at home with my kids.”
The responses range from “Oh, that’s nice…” (patronizing yet understanding nothing)
To perplexed: “So…what do you do all day?”
To: “You’re so lucky! I wish I could sit at home instead of going to work every day!”
The emotions I feel are mixed— exasperation that they have no clue that it is work, to a kind of unhappiness and frustration, in that no matter how much I explain it, it really takes one to know one.
Let’s compare a typical day as a SAHM to how it might translate in an office setting:
Pumpkin started preschool for the first time this month.
I had no idea how I would react on that first day.
On one hand, I was almost certain she would adjust easily since she is naturally a very social person. On the other hand, she had never attended school before, and had only stayed alone with her grandparents, and we didn’t know how much she would miss us.