The SAHM Revelation
February 3rd, 2011
Today, two events aligned to bring about a revelation. First, I got an email from a parenting mag with Cute Valentine Recipes for Kids. Heart-shaped calzones? Genius. Then, an early Valentine presents for the kidlets (well, really for me) arrived from my mom — a pair of bento boxes from Laptop Lunches. I’d been coveting them for ages and they went on special at EcoBabyBuys so my kind and loving mother got a pink one for Miss Mouse and a purple one for the Bug.
As I gazed at the bentos and imagined filling them, the revelation came. I want to be a stay-at-home mom. Just not quite yet…
Contrary to the “normal” pattern wherein a young mother takes a few years off work when she has kids and then returns to the workforce when they’re in school, I want to do it the other way around. I love all the experiences my kiddos are having in daycare right now and if I were to attempt to stay home full-time with them I’d probably go mad. And I love my job and would be sad to leave.
Talk to me again four years from now and beyond. I fantasize about being able to stay home when the littles are in elementary school. I want to be able to pack them bento lunches in the morning and walk them to school with the dog in tow. I want to be that mom who’s home waiting for them after school with fresh-baked banana bread. I want to actually have time to make heart-shaped calzones for Valentine’s Day.
I realize it’s several years away still. And who knows how I’ll feel then or what would even be financially feasible. But as of today, I have a dream…