The Good Life

You have probably heard by now that it is hard to be a stay at home mom. If you’re like me, you have heard it more times than you care. I will concede that it is a hard job. But it’s almost noon on a Monday, I’m sitting in my recliner with a drink, watching my favorite TV show, and writing for this blog while my daughter, in her pajamas, plays and eats popcorn. Yeah, we eat popcorn at noon on a Monday if we feel like it… go ahead and judge.

I could write a novel on why it’s hard, but honestly, you have probably already read enough of that. Instead, I want to tell you why it can be awesome, and give you a little peek at what it’s like for me.

There are three important reasons I won’t complain about how hard it is:

  1. The hardships will just be in a season of life.

When my kids were babies, I really thought I would never be able to sleep through the night ever again. But my youngest is four now, and we all sleep pretty well most nights. I changed diapers for more than six years straight and I thought they would never end, but they did. No, I still don’t have a social life or time for hobbies, but someday I will. When someday comes, I can focus on myself again.

  1. To honor how hard my husband works to provide us with this lifestyle.

I have always wanted to be a stay at home mom. I even told my husband that on our first date. Complaining about it would be ungrateful. His job is hard, my job is hard. But we have decided that for now, in this season, the hard work is worth it.

  1. The special moments.

I get to do everything for my kids. Now, I know some of you are thinking “you HAVE to do EVERYTHING for your kids!!!” And I get that because I feel like that sometimes. One of my favorite things is that I don’t have to wake up my little sleeping beauty in the morning, and I get snuggles every day when she wakes up. Yes, I have to drop everything that I’m doing to give her what she needs, but I’m the one who gets to do it, and that’s awesome. I love being the one to comfort my children when they are hurt or sick. No, I don’t love driving up to the school three times a day, or running them to practices, games and activities, but somebody’s gotta do it and I’m happy it’s me.

So, I’m calling on all other stay at home parents out there, enjoy whatever season you are in. If you can’t enjoy it, because sometimes you can’t, just remind yourself that it won’t last forever. And to all the working moms out there, I commend you. I wouldn’t dare say either of us has it easier, or that either of us is right or wrong. We’re all doing the best we can and that’s always the right way to raise kids.

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