But I guess all those things would come in direct exchange for me, and my time with the kids. I couldn't easily save the day if a child of mine urgently needed a change of clothes for school because they accidentally fell into a huge puddle and got themselves full of mud (true story, that happened yesterday). I couldn't be there right after school to hear the good, the bad and ugly that happened that day (happens every day). I couldn't go off exploring with my little one just because he wanted to go on a train ride (that happened last week). There would be less of me to go around. No me to meet them at the school gates. No me to settle their quarrels, to watch their activities on social media, to help with homework, to get them involved in the kitchen with meals, no me to share an uplifting spiritual message at the breakfast table.
There would be no me to settle my 3 year old into my overstretched sweater.
It's my choice be a mainly stay at home mum (I run a micro business). It's a choice I make on a regular basis.
I respect women who work outside of the home for whatever reason, be it out of need or want. Motherhood demands a lot of us women. I respect every woman's choice. But I guess for me, right now I am happiest in my overstretched jumper (and slightly over stretched self), growing, and sometimes stumbling as I learn to mother my children the best way that I know how.