I am currently on the floor (which is a feat in itself) in my walk-in-robe hiding from my children as I write this. Why? Because if I didn't get away from them I swear to you, I think I was going to get arrested.
I always knew that I would have kids. I come from a family of 5 myself, and my parents of that and more. I knew from a very young age that I wanted at least 3 (look out hubby lol). It wasn't until I started working that I realised I didn't want to be a stay at home Mum though.
Now don't attack me and troll in my comments just yet.
I love my children more than life. I would do anything for them. I also have absolutely nothing against stay at home Mums... in fact, I am in awe. How the f@#$ do you do it!?
Being a stay at home mum is not just play dates and muffins, kisses and toys and pushing a pram with a cuppa. It really isn't! And I believe some of us are built for it and some of us aren't.
Baking cookies, doing the washing daily, playing on the floor for endless amounts of time, having fun and educational activities planned for the day and then everything else that puts Mary Poppins to shame ON TOP of potentially screwing your kid up for life.
Look at this way...
If I stuff up at work, my boss gets pissed.
If I stuff up at home... I potentially screw up my kids, for LIFE!
At work, I get regular breaks.
At home, I have to hide in my walk-in-robe for a moment to myself (case in point).
I still get plenty of opportunities to screw up my kids' lives, don't worry. It's just that I had help with it. Daycare, teachers, grandparents - whoever it might be that helps a working mum out.
And you know what? I don't believe this makes me any less of a mother for it. Nor do I think it makes a SAHM any more of a mother than me.
I am just a Mum, getting shit done as best as I can.
I have always worked. I have had 3 lots of maternity leave which all finished within 6 months, with me returning to work at minimum 3 days a week. Yes, we needed the money (who doesn't!), but as well as this - I needed my sanity and that is ok.