Thursday, January 16, 2014

7 Reasons I Love Staying Home With My Kids



Staying home with kids is hard.  I get that, and I read a lot of blogs where moms complain about how hard it is.   And, it IS hard...I get that, I really do.

But then working outside the home is no walk in the park either.   I've done both.   I had the yelling boss from hell that convinced me that I NEVER wanted to be veterinarian.  I've dealt with co-workers that I didn't really fit in with.  I had the demanding graduate student advisor that made us lowly grad students spend all night at the barn so we could draw blood from cows every two hours.   Being up at night with kids is a piece of cake compared to having to draw blood from ornery cows at 2 AM.   And, let's not even talk about putting on long gloves to stick your hand where no human hand should ever go.

In a totally different career field,  I spent a year teaching in a Catholic school where I had one third-grader who did not talk to me or anyone else outside her immediate family. Yeah...that was challenging.

So, I've done the working thing.  And, I've spent the last 11 years doing the stay at home mom thing (or at least work at home mom thing).  Both have their upsides and downsides...but I really, really love being home with my kids. 

Here are 7 Reasons Why I Love Staying Home

1.
For the most part, I'm autonomous.  I have a lot of freedom to go where I want and do what I want when I want to.  Granted, I have to drag kids around with me to do it, but I can do it.  I can eat lunch when I want to.  I can go grocery shopping when I need to (as long as I bring kids). I can take walks or go hiking or visit the zoo.  Sure, I maybe have to work around nap schedules and walk at my kids pace and there are costs to consider, but there is no one telling me I CAN'T do those things.  I plan our days totally. I get to decide where we go, what we do and who we spend time with. 

2.
I can sleep a bit later. My husband has to leave that house no later than 6:45 AM.  That's EARLY.  I don't have to get up that early or be out of the house that early.  We homeschoool, so I don't even have to get the kids off to school.  We can pretty much leisurely wake up every morning.  Granted, I have to wake up when the baby wakes up...but since we co-sleep, we pretty much wake-up at the same time. Love it!

3.
I have more freedom to pursue my interests.  If I wasn't a stay at home mom, I doubt I would be as into natural health and home remedies as I am. I wouldn't have had the time to research or read or write about those things.  Have an ear or sinus infection?  I have a home remedy for that.   You see that website, I WROTE that.  I doubt I would have had the energy or time to do that, if I was working outside the home.  Nor would I have the time to blog, or be a La Leche League Leader....all things I am passionate about and love doing.  But, I know myself well enough to know that I have a limited supply of energy and working outside the home would suck a lot of that up.  Plus, I'm able to pursue a wide variety of interests. If I had stayed in the field in which I got my master's degree, I would probably know a heck of a lot more about the reproductive system of the dairy cow, and a heck of a lot less about everything else.  It's a toss-up...really...I mean cow ovaries are fascinating and all...but..you know, so is other stuff. 

4.
I can't get fired .  My kids can't fire me if I burn their grilled cheese for lunch or get behind on the laundry or serve up a late, burned dinner.  Not that I ever do any of those things...I'm just sayin'.

5. 
Everyone loves me.   Even my preteen. No matter that I yell and make them do school work and okay, okay....occasionally burn dinner.   Because I'm da' mom, I'm da' bomb.  Really they all do think I'm the greatest.  I don't have to deal with coworkers or bosses or customers who don't like me.  Around here, everyone loves me...even the cat. 

6.
We do lots of fun stuff like playdates. I LOVE hanging out with other moms at playdates or home school park days or during homeschool coop or while our kids are at P.E. or whatever else we do.  I love taking my kids places and getting to hang out with other moms and talk.  I  love meeting friends at the zoo or for field trips and other fun stuff.  It's just fun...and it's all part of the job. 

7.
I get to enjoy the outdoors more.  One of the things I hated most about working was not getting to spend significant amounts of time outside during the day.  I'm definitely an outdoorsy person. Spending all my time with kids forces me to get outside more, because kids need lots of outdoor time.  And adults do too, in my opinion, they just have a harder time getting it.

So, those are my 7 Quick Takes about why I love staying home.  And, I didn't even touch on all the mushy stuff like seeing my kids learn to read and watching their first steps and all that.

Now, go see Jen for more Friday Quick Takes.

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6 comments:

  1. Love the can't get fired point! That's job security!

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  2. Ha. I love all these reasons. I really do think #1 and #7 are BIG reasons, at least for me. I can't imagine being stuck inside all day, especially when the weather's nice. :) We are blessed to stay home, for sure!

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  3. Seriously, the sleeping in point is my favorite. And I still work part-time! But I don't have to leave for work until anywhere between 9:30 and 11:30, and 7:30 is sleeping in for us, so I'm SO glad that I don't have to be at school for the 7:20 start time!

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  4. I love the fact that we have to defend ourselves ...no matter what positive response I have for the checkout lady about how full my hands are with three little boys, I ALWAYS hear, "BUT IT'S A LOT OF WORK!" ...as if I denied that by implying that I love my kids, enjoy spending my days with them, and wouldn't have my life any other way. Yes, it IS hard work, but what in life that's worth anything ISN'T hard work? Hard work isn't bad in and of itself, ESP if its done for the sake of Another. Good post. :-). Theresa B

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  5. Agreed! All you SAHM mamas should count your blessings :) Truly, sometimes I think I would have done better in a different age...working is such a cross for me. Very thankful for education and college but I would have loved to live at home and help care for my grandparents or assist my aunt as a mother's helper instead of doing the 9 - 5 grind. I guess this economy doesn't help, either! If the work was more interesting, it would be better.

    Beautiful post! God bless!

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