Both of my in-laws have made mention of me needing to get a job at one point or another.
Sometimes on forms you have to mark one of three boxes: full-time, part-time, don't work.
When introductions are made, there's always the "do you work?" line. And usually if you answer "yes, I stay home with my kids" you get weird looks.
There are various other areas where it's been made known that I don't have any income of my own or that I don't have an "outside" job.
Well, let me tell you something. My job is tough. Not every day or every moment, but many days and many moments.
Take today for example. It's going to be a 16 hour day when all is said and done. Then I will basically be on-call for the other 8 hours of the day. How many people can say that?
My boss likes to yell at me lately. The good thing about this job is that I can send him to time out (most people can definitely not say this about their boss). My assistant boss always yells at me...and sometimes growls (there's not much I can do about him right now; that's just how he is).
In my job, I wear many hats. Chef, errand girl, bus driver (or van driver), decorator, housekeeper, laundress, nanny, librarian, personal shopper, nurse, dietitian, personal trainer, professional entertainer, cheerleader, clown, director of chaos, music director, pit crew, stress reliever (sometimes inducer), tackling dummy, track star, philosopher, principal, dictator. Oh couldn't this list go on?
But for those who don't think my job is hard or worthwhile (I mean, there's always daycare...and I mean no offense to daycare providers or moms who really must work), please come try it. And to be effective, you'd probably have to do it for more than a day or two.
Sometimes it's boring. Sometimes it's a handful. Sometimes it's tiring. Sometimes it's energizing.
It's always worthwhile, what I do.
I raise my kids and keep my house.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a very important J-O-B!