It’s Not A Job, It’s A Way Of Life
Read this article first: http://time.com/3744467/being-a-stay-at-home-mother-is-not-a-job/
The lowdown (and ultimately) is that she thinks that being a stay at home parent is a hobby, not a job. I do not agree at all.
By definition a job is “a paid position of regular employment” and a hobby is “an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure“.
Going by that, being a stay at home parent is neither. I do not get paid for what I do. And I do not parent in my “leisure time”. I parent 24/7. I look after my children all day, every day, with no break. I think about my children while they are asleep, in my supposed “leisure time”. There is not a moment where I’m not living or breathing my kids.
I cook, I clean, I organise. Yes my husband works, and earns money for us; he works damn hard. But so do I. We both play our parts – it is a team effort.
Being a stay at home parent is relentless; it is never ending.
It is draining. Time consuming. Sometimes down-right depressing. But it is not a hobby.
It is exciting. Full of laughter and joy. Most definitely amazing. But it is not a job.
So the writer of the article is right, being a Stay at Home Parent is not a job. However it is also not a hobby. It’s more than that. Being a parent is like being a Super Hero. You are capable of doing so much more than a paid job, or a hobby. You practically do everything, and for the payment of love, not money.
So put your cape on and tackle the day. Smile in the knowledge that you are amazing, and are doing possibly the most challenging thing you’ll ever do in your life.
Being a stay at home parent, is not a job, or a hobby, it’s a way of life.
And don’t get too miffed at the original article. Remember, it’s only one woman’s opinion.
I’ll link it here again, please read this first: http://time.com/3744467/being-a-stay-at-home-mother-is-not-a-job/
Please note, I used the word “parent” instead of stay at home mum because both Mums AND Dads do this. It’s not just exclusive to women 🙂
Also please note this is nothing against working parents at all, just my response to the Time article 🙂