This is a difficult entry requested by a reader, that I have postponed for long enough. Yes, who is stuntmom?
I'm Jennifer Albright-Wilson, mother of two girls ages 3 and 1.5 , with another baby on the way. Former corporate working mom, that one day woke up and realized my kids were growing up too fast. I thought if I quit my job, then time would slow down. Life would slow down. It did slow down.
My husband and I would argue during the week about who would do the daycare drop off in the morning. The mornings were so rushed, we were constantly saying "hurry hurry hurry" to our little children. We would argue about who had more important things going on at work, or who could find the time to devote to putting in our hours at the co-op daycare. We struggled for 3 years trying to figure out how to make it all work. I really liked working, I loved our daycare, and I couldn't picture staying at home full time, really I felt we should keep things the way they were. My husband felt differently. He won (no, I'm not a push over at all, but more often than not, he knows me better than I know myself). I quit my job in May, and started staying at home with my kids. Now I think I'm the real winner, since I love it. No, I don't love it everyday, but most of the time I do. It did take me about 6 months to snap out of the working mode, but now that I have realistic expectations, I have trouble thinking of returning to work one day. This makes me think I really should thank my husband more often for giving me this opportunity to spend more time with the girls while they are so young.
I totally admire your choice to stay home. My hubby and I are about to have our first child, and we're going to try a Mr. Mom thing for a while. We'll see how it goes. But I think flexibility is the key for parenting and relationships--so whatever works best for you and your family is the right decision!
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