Time flies when you’re having fun… or so they say. Because it doesn’t fly when you’re a stay-at-home mum. No matter how much joy my children bring me, as a stay-at-home, the days are long.
Let me just put this disclaimer out there, my children are my world and some days fly and there is not a place I would rather be.
I entered stay-at-home-motherhood with the intention of having as much time as I could with my boys for a few years and then focusing on work.
Don’t get me wrong, I do believe you can have it all. I just don’t think you can have it all at the same time. Could I be the mother I, in my dreams want to be, while working? No. Can I be the person I want to be, while staying at home with my children? No.
So, this week I went back to full-time work in radio.
Our family is fortunate enough that my husband can now work from home and care for the children whilst I’m out, and I feel like this is my chance to find myself again. I’ll admit it’s easy to lose yourself. A stay-at-home parent knows that.
On that note, my heart hurts. As I come to the end of this period in my life (unless ratings fail) I am reflective of how much I will miss being a stay-at-home mother.
This is a note to my children and the four things I will miss the most while working and not home with them.
1) Morning park playdates.
This one surprised me. Mostly because taking my boys to our park is never a walk in the park. They’re one and two, so they run off in opposite directions and never listen to my pleading to come back. I run back and forth – totally counts as my daily exercise right? – and make jokes with all the other parents there.