Everyone is in a different situation in life. Some moms work because their husbands are in school. Some moms work because they need two incomes to survive. Some moms are the family bread-winners because it just makes sense financially. Some moms have to work because they are single parents. And some moms work because they love what they do.
I am going to give you my perspective from my stage of life.
I am a working mom. And I work two jobs. I work a full time job during the day and a part-time job at night.
Why do I work?
I work for many reasons. I work so my husband can finish school. I work so that we can pay our rent and have medical benefits. I work because my husband was laid off in July. I work a second job so that we don't have to dip too far into our savings each month. I work a second job because I love what I do and I chose to keep it. I work to be a good example to my son. I work because that is what people do.
Would I rather be at home?
Sure. Who wouldn't? I would bet that every working parent (mothers and fathers alike) would rather be at home. I think most people would love to work part time and spend a lot more time at home. Home life isn't always glamorous, but it's where your family is.
Do I resent the fact that I am working two jobs?
Not one bit. I could have quit my part-time job, but that wouldn't have been financially responsible. Christian would work two jobs in a heartbeat if our roles were reversed. That said, I love knowing that Christian and Graham are home together. Graham can't get enough of his daddy. I was secretly hoping Graham would be a mama's boy, but there's no denying he LOVES his daddy.
I am grateful that Christian and I will have a great understanding and compassion for both roles. We know what it is like to be at home and have days when we don't get anything accomplished no matter how hard we try. We know what it is like to have to walk away from a smiling baby in order to leave for work in the morning. We understand each other. For that I am grateful.
I work because that's where I am in life, and that's a pretty good reason in my book.
3 years ago