“I don’t want to be a housewife, it’s too much work”, Care Bear tells me yesterday.
I was shocked (and amused!) more regarding the second phrase than the first one. It doesn’t really bother me if she doesn’t want to be a housewife, but I can’t say I think of myself as someone who works really hard as a stay-at-home-mom, so I was quite surprised to hear her say this. Care Bear went on to say she thinks going to work is easier than staying home.
Is staying home with the family harder than going to work each day?
Each person has their own take on this, but I do think staying home is harder emotionally and mentally than going to work. In my experience, and I worked as a single mom for over seven years, it was far easier to compartmentalize my tasks when I was working. Now, my volunteer work, homeschool tasks, parenting, spouse support, housework etc. all blend together and it can be challenging to give each its own time and attention. Still, I take a nap sometimes during the day. Who can beat that?
Maybe Care Bear was right, maybe staying home is hard. To each their own, but I must say it made me feel proud when she said she thinks I work hard. Alhamdulilah, sometimes I don’t have to wait until my child is an adult to feel appreciation from her. What a heart warming moment.