So, I recently got a job. It’s nice. But, I have realized something.
Being a working mom is HARD.
I don’t want to minimize the work stay-at-home parents because they have the hardest jobs in the world. Not only are they responsible for cooking, cleaning, child-rearing, and a variety of other tasks that are usually quite thankless, they don’t get an hour to sit in a break room eating lunch and watching daytime TV.
But you know what is harder than being a stay-at-home parent? Being a stay-at-home parent transitioning in to a working parent. I go to work and worry about what the kids are in to. Then I come home and try to cram 12 hours of cleaning, cooking, and playtime in to my evening. I know I have to prioritize and perhaps not freak out that there is nail polish on the light switch and the children ate nothing but bananas today. But, it’s hard to go from managing (or micro-managing) my household to being out of the loop.
That aside, I am starting to see the perks of working outside the house. The ecstatic welcome home I got from the kids made being apart from them for eight hours much easier to deal with.