Stay-at-home Mom, take two!
I am currently staying at home with my two wild, but cute, children, ages four and six. For the past five years, I juggled teaching high school English and raising my children. After two extended maternity leaves, I got a taste of what it would be like to stay at home. Finally, for the sanity of the family, my husband and I decided that I would take a few years off of teaching to focus on the kids and our home. Best. Decision. Ever.
I understand that this decision would not be right for everybody. I also understand most cannot afford to make this decision, so every morning I wake thankful for this opportunity.
Right now I am in the process of figuring out how to be a stay-at-home mom … again. I am finding it easier, and harder, than my extended maternity leave with my youngest. At the start of this new(ish) adventure, I had many rules that I expected myself to follow. Some of them included: wake up before the kids and work out, make the children practice writing every day, create and stick to a daily schedule, read at least thirty minutes a day to the kids, make more homemade meals, etc. The only ones I have actually followed: no Netflix or wine until the kids’ bedtimes (well, at least no Netflix).
While most days I am appreciative of this time and enjoy my kids, there are days when I think I am going insane and wonder why I gave up my career. I find myself a little aimless after years of being on a school schedule. I miss interacting with my colleagues and using my brain for more than planning craft time and nature walks with the kids. Some days I want to scream if I hear the theme song to another Disney Junior cartoon, so I thought it might be time to pick up writing again.
Before I had children, I earned my M.A. in Liberal Arts, with a focus on creative writing. My final project was a memoir that focused on my memories of my mother. I so enjoyed the experience of writing every day and miss it terribly. But, I’m one of those people who really needs a deadline and needs to be pushed to produce anything.
So, here it goes: my self-imposed deadline.
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