A housewife is a woman whose main occupation is running or managing the family’s home—caring for and educating her children, cooking and storing food, buying goods the family needs in day to day life, cleaning and maintaining the home, etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stay_at_home_mom
This definition a bit outdated, but still the basis of what people think a stay at home mom is. On the other hand there is the comic picture I included which is how I think a lot of people envision the day of a stay at home mom…so not true!
There was a time that I was a career girl and I liked my jobs in the Fashion/Retail industry. I worked for over 20 years in different capacities in the field. Finally during our family building trials and tribulations I quit my job to focus on starting a family. That was over 10 years ago. People know me now as my girl’s mom. They don’t necessarily know I lived and worked in New York City and that I lived and worked in San Francisco for many years. I traveled a lot for work to a lot of cities and states even some I might not necessarily have visited had it not been for business. I even had travel overseas for one of my jobs.
My current job description is Boo boo kisser, referee, menu planner, cook, chauffeur, homework helper, nurse, friend, wife, mommy, dog walker, recreational planner, vacation planner, food shopper, laundress, house cleaner, flower gardener, late night soother, CEO & President of our family Enterprise!
This is the first year both of my girls are in a full day of school. This is the first year I have almost 6 hours in a weekday to fill. With that I am at our girls’ school many days and there I’m known to help out in their classrooms, for field trips, special projects and PTA. I am also chairing the largest fund-raiser for our school ~ the Spring Gala. Then there are their extra curricular activities. I am a girl scout leader for each of my girls’ troops. I am their taxi to and from ballet lessons and to and from play dates.. I put in much time and effort in doing all of these things for my girls, for their school and for their friends.
I consider myself lucky that I have been able to stay at home all these years. It’s not been easy. We are on a strict budget (that I always go over, thank you amazon.com). Both my husband and I grew up with each of our mom’s being at home and it was important to us that we try to give our girls this too. There are days that I wonder was I cut out for this or should I be working again now that our youngest is in first grade. There are times I hear my girls excitement that their Daddy is off of work and that is extra special time to spend together. I feel pains when I hear them so excited for their Daddy and when I ask aren’t they excited for me too? they tell me we see you all the time! I wonder do my girls take for granted that I am always there for them?
Then there are the times I do feel the difference of not working at an office or for a company. This is usually when I am together with friends who do work and have that part of their lives. Yet I am lucky that there are a group of moms who too are stay at home and we can complain together and share the stressors of our days. Other times someone slips and says something about being a working mom and passively putting down a stay at home mom. Maybe it’s jealousy or maybe they don’t know how busy my day really is and think of the woman in the comic above?
In the end this was a choice we made and one I am happy to do on most days. Don’t get me wrong it’s not always easy but I think in the end it’s worth it. I say to those who can’t see the value in all that we stay at home moms contribute to our community, we do and that’s what matters!