Thursday, January 19, 2012

This week's paycheck

Being a stay-at-home mom is all I ever wanted to do. I know, such high aspirations, right?! 5 years of college to then basically not work. I didn't know if it would ever happen since living on one income is never easy. Fortunately I married a man who has the same work ethic as my mom and is persistant and lucky and blessed all wrapped into one handsome body. After a 7 year career in teaching I was able to just walk away and stay home. In one day I went from a financial contributor to our home, a working woman, an important contributor to our society, to, well... staying home. I don't negate the importance of my job or that of any stay-at-home mom, but it was quite a shift. And kind of a hard one. Especially the not being a financial contributor part. If you were to write out the pros and cons the list would probably be equal in length but the pros list carries more weight. For me, anyway. And for my kids.

If you're wondering what a stay-at-home mom's paycheck looks like, it looks like this:

A paper written by William

A first haircut at the haircut place with no tears and a piece of gum as a reward

Drew taking Lauren outside to swing with her without having to be asked

Obviously these paychecks won't pay the bills but they sure fill up the emotional bank, if you know what I mean.

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