When I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I recall answering, “A mom, just like my mom.” My mother was a stay at home mom. She worked every day to meet the needs of her family. Raising five children is no easy task. My siblings and I always had clean clothes to wear, a hot meal to eat, a homework monitor, and a cheerleader in our corner. Gone are the days when mother devoted her full life for development of her children. Today, women are becoming more active and prefer progress in their career rather than been recognized as a homemaker. Many working women start the job early due to financial needs of their family. There can be different reasons for women to go to work instead of staying at home. Women make up 47 percent of the US labor force, and the percentage of married mothers who are working has increased from 37 percent in 1968 to 65 percent in 2011. As for myself, I LOVE my children to no end. I would swim through the Arctic for them. I also LOVE working with children and their families. This parenting and career thing is tough. You don’t realize how tired you are until you allow your head to hit the pillow at the end of a day. Then while you’re lying in bed you think of all the responsibilities you have to fulfill in the next few days. Sometimes I find it amusing that my husband and I only go on a “real date” when our birthdays roll around. On our biannual adult time outing we tend to talk about our boys and recap all the Disney songs we have learned singing along with them in the car. During the weekends the grind continues. If your home is anything like mine your schedule is governed by your children’s social calendar which consists of soccer, karate, birthday parties, and the laundry and house chores from the week.
It’s all about finding balance in life…it’s out there.