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What Society Thinks I do…

We’ve seen a lot of those “what society thinks I do…” photo memes lately. I’m not going to post one here, but It got me thinking. People don’t really understand what the work-at-home parent does. It’s a delicate balance between the worlds of stay-at-home and working parents. Here’s my take on it…

The Stay-At-Home

What I DO

  • Play with kids
  • Read to/with kids
  • Sing and dance to kids songs
  • Change diapers (hopefully for just a few more months)
  • Run errands
  • Cook healthy meals
  • Bake bread (sometimes)
  • Clean the house
  • Sew and do crafts with my six-year-old
  • Break up sibling fights
  • Monitor TV and computer time

What I DON’T Do

  • Grocery shopping. My husband does it on Sundays because he enjoys the thrill of the coupon hunt.
  • All of the laundry. We share the laundry duties.

The Working Parent

What I DO

  • Am committed to my profession
  • Set goals for myself and schedule appropriate time to achieve them
  • Learn new skills and stretch myself with each project I take on
  • Feel good about earning money and contributing to the family budget

What I DON’T Do

  • Work a full 40. Just can’t quite manage that yet. Maybe when my youngest is in school.
  • Commute.
  • Wear shoes all day. (BEST part of working at home!)