Sunday, January 24, 2010

Newsflash: SAHMs Do Nothing All Day Long

I'm loving my Attachment Parenting group because they "get" me.

Recently a woman wrote about how she has 3 kids and is pregnant and her family assumes she has nothing better to do than make a last-minute trip to the airport to pick up some relatives. My reply:

"yeah, you have NOTHING going on for sure. i'll never forget when i had my ONE kid 8 years ago and i was the first in my family to nurse and to stay at home and to family bed, blah blah. one family member asked me if i was BORED yet. another family member, a teenager, asked what i do all day. i was speechless.

here's my answer: i sit on my butt and hold my baby while he naps. i stare at him. i read books. i watch tv. i've earned this time with my kid. we are bonding. he may not remember, but it's in his SOUL. and i've done the same parenting with all FIVE of my kids. this BUSY and INCONSIDERATE culture of ours is nuts. and yet I'M the crazy one for treating my kids like GOLD."

3 comments:

  1. Ha ha...
    yup..i have six..and i tell the stah wannabees that i sit on my arse all day and eat bon bons.
    ..I am also the one people call for rides and stuff...
    My mom gets it though..she raised 8.

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  2. Well, I see this different. I have been the airport taxi over the years AND I LOVED IT!! Part of why I stay at home is because I want an hour extra with family when they fly in and I'm happy to do it! No one is assuming I'm not a busy mom, they assume I'd jump at the chance to spend some time with the people I love! And my kids love a trip to the airport to see the planes and get to know better the family that mean so much to me.

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  3. eva, i get your point, and i agree most of the time ... i love homeschooling for the same reason = more time with family. but let's say you're 9 months pregnant and feeling like crap and didn't get much sleep the night before because your 2-year-old is teething and your 4-year-old is tantruming and your husband is out of town and so on and so on. maybe that last-minute call is just what it takes to send you over the edge! just playing both sides, like a good Gemini!

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