Since I work from home people just assume I’m a stay at home mom.
That I’m a mom who drops off and picks up her children from school each day bringing them home to do homework and eat dinner. Well, the joke is on you. I’m no where near that type of momma.
I do take them to school each morning but that’s the end of it. I am blessed to have found the best at home daycare in my town and I absolutely love her. Added bonus, so do my children. But if I’m at home all day why do I pay for childcare?
Easy, it’s the difference between the work getting done or not. Period. With my first I worked outside of the home and didn’t have the privilege of staying home with him. The same was true for the next two. It wasn’t until we moved to California that things changed.
I always wanted to be “that mom.” Again, me trying to be this perfect mom I saw on television. But I learned quickly it just wasn’t for me. Not the staying home part, that’s totally for me, LOL. The kids staying home part, thats the part I can’t handle. And I’m okay with that. Not everything is for everyone.
For me, when I’m with my kids, I like to give them my undivided attention. And this literally goes for anything else I do. When I’m working I give it my all. Also, when I’m cleaning I give it my all, etc… So to have kids home while trying to work would be a complete disaster. Either the kids would get neglected, or my work or the house (not that I would care too much about the house being neglected).
Believe me, I’ve tried it when they have to stay home sick (or sometimes when they just don’t feel like going to school, hey kids need mental breaks too). I end up taking the day off.
So judge me if you must, but this works for us. I take them to school every morning at 7:30am and I pick them up from the home daycare everyday by 4:30pm. And I have such a great kids daycare that she makes sure they have already eaten dinner and started on their homework. So when we get home, it’s reading and spending some much needed time together.
I know not all mommas will agree, some may even call me an unfit mother (chill your tits). What we have works for us, and in my household that’s all that matters.