I was thinking about the term SuperMom today. I’ve talked to my husband about it in the past and he of course said that I was a supermom (but that’s beside the point). To me the definition of a supermom is a mom that can do it all and not just do it all but be happy doing it all. You have to enjoy it and live in the moment. That includes changing poopy diapers while the older child is on the potty yelling “MOMMY!!! Come wipe my bummy!” and the oldest one is asking you to do laundry all at the same time your husband is walking through the door asking for dinner and the kitty litter needs to be changed and the dog needs to be fed and the phone is ringing and I need a major dose of Excedrine or percoset.
To me it’s not about working inside or outside of the home, it’s simply about doing it all.
My view on working and putting children in daycare is that most of the time it is not worth the effort. Quite often the expenses of a daycare are so close to what a parent might earn, and then adding in gas prices, work clothes, extra cost of quick meals, stress, and missing out on your kids during the day-to-day stuff, that it isn’t worth it. After all of that calculate how much you earn an hour and see if that’s really worth it. Sometimes we just need to scale back on how new the car is, how big the car is, or how big our vacations are. Sometimes it’s cheaper to live simply and enjoy the day-to-day life with kids, animals, cooking, and all that goes into a stay-at-home mom’s life.
I certainly don’t think it’s awful that moms work outside the home. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. I’ve been there…I was in school full time and had a job when my dd was a toddler. It’s tough work. I’m thankful I don’t have to do it anymore.
What gets me is when a mom and dad both work busy jobs to “keep up with the Jones’s”. You know, when the neighbors have a brand new car, so “we” need one, too. When the neighbors go to Europe “we” need to go, too. That kind of stuff. It’s just not necessary IMO.
Anyway, enough of my ranting 😀
So, moms, good luck this week. Draw your strength from your kids and have a good one 🙂