My new job, Motherhood

Friday , 13, January 2012 2 Comments

Our first Christmas as a family of 3

What is the job description for  a stay at home Mom?   After 2 months of working as one, this is what I have come up with.

1. Take care of yourself: Including, but not limited to- get some sleep, eat healthy meals, take some time for you.  It will take some help from husband, family members, or friends to make this happen, but I believe it is true that you can take better care of everyone else when you take care of YOU first.

2. Take care of your child(ren): Including, but not limited to- feeding, changing diapers, wiping noses, giving baths, reading books, singing songs, playgroups, kissing booboos, playing games, choosing schools, going to doctors appointments, etc, etc. You will be expected to work around the clock.

But that’s not all folks!  You also need to:

3. Take care of your home: Including but not limited to- dusting, vacuuming, laundry, cleaning dishes, cooking dinner, making beds, decorating, organizing, grocery shopping, meal planning, ironing, bill paying, etc, etc.

If I approach my job as a Mom by looking at this job description, it helps me see just how much my job entails.  If the baby cries, it is my responsibility to comfort him and figure out why he is crying.  If he is hungry at 3:00am it is my job to feed him.  If at 3:00am he is not ready to go back to sleep, it is my job to try to get him back to sleep….or stay awake if he just isn’t tired anymore.  No wonder I am tired!

I also get to be the #1 influence in my child’s development.  I get to read to him, talk to him and help him learn new things every day.

I am lucky to not have to do this job by myself.  My husband is a great Dad and very supportive of me and our son.  He, however, has a job with its own job description.  I can’t tell you exactly what his job entails, but I do know that he wakes up every morning and goes to an office where he completes his job responsibilities.

I have been able to feel more comfortable with my job of motherhood when I compare it to my husband’s job.  Both need to be completed for our family to be successful.  We each have our duties, and while different, they are equally as important.

How do you define Motherhood?

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  • Julie says:

    I’ve started to think of myself as the CEO of day to day operations in our family…I think that sums it up! So many things fall under my umbrella, and I’m so glad that hubby’s day job allows me the opportunity. I’ve also found that keeping my “CEO” title in mind helps with the sometimes drudgery of the day to day…I try to make a to-do list each day and take care of business first (straightening up, laundry, meals, etc) so that we have more time to play!! (This is an ongoing struggle, and one I dont’ think I will ever master)

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