I always knew that when I had babies, I wanted to be home with them. I wanted to be the one who took them to school, make their meals, and witness those little moments I might otherwise miss if I worked outside the home. Of course this decision wasn't an easy one, as we knew finances would (at least initially) suffer. Aside from that, there's also a whole other host of struggles every stay-at-home Mom just understands because, well, we live and breathe it every single day.
With a 10 and 5 year old, I've been home with them all of their lives. I can honestly say, it's not as easy as it looks (does it even look easy?). If anything, it's like working outside the home with a demanding schedule, cranky "associates," and can often be a thankless job. I enjoy being the one my kids come to for things but, at the same time, there's a lot I miss out on, too. Just as working mothers miss out on things stay at home moms may take for granted, it seems the roles of a woman, mother, and provider often overlap, regardless of which path you choose.
Just recently, I've been thinking about everything a typical day involves with being home with my children while, at the same time, wondering why I'm so exhausted all the time. Unlike my partner, who has a full-time job outside the home, I don't get time off or breaks or really any free time outside of my showers! I love my children, and the ability to now work from home to be with them, so I'm sure all you other stay-at-home moms will totally pick up what I'm about to throw down.