Warning: This is a bit of a rant.
Recently I had a friend send me a text. She doesn’t text me often so I was a little surprised…
“Wishing u lived here!”
Awww! Feeling a little loved then I proceeded to read,
“Need a babysitter for the days I work, can’t find anyone with openings.”
Ugg. Really? I know she didn’t mean to be rude, but often people say stuff like this to me. Is babysitting all stay at home moms are good for? Now, I do watch a little boy once a week. I get paid pretty well for it and his mother is HIGHLY accommodating to me. At the end of the day I don’t feel like she views me as a convenient babysitter, but as a person who is willing, educated and kind enough to watch her child for her. However, other times I want to scream at people! I do in fact have a brain and I don’t just want to talk about children, sleep schedules or potty training all the time. I graduated from college, started a career, put my husband through college=was the bread-winner for my family. I am hire-able, I have skills, not just mommy skills, but important to the work place kind of skills. I wasn’t laid off from my job or demoted, I wasn’t forced to retire early, I chose to stay home with my kids and that was a very hard choice. I’m not perfect, I often don’t love staying home with my kids, I am a little OCD. I hate messes, often I don’t like watching other peoples kids, and I have a hard time only talking to children all day, and I may be counting down the years until I can get a part-time job while my children are at school. I LOVED the people I worked with. I loved being my own person and having more parts to me than just a mom. So don’t talk to me like all I am good for is watching children!