I have been a SAHM. And I loved it. Those precious few months were some of the happiest of my life.
I don't have the option of giving up my job. Going back to work for me (like most working mums) is just something that has to be done. So we get on with it.
I have a lot of SAHM friends, and one in particular is always posting on FB about how hard it is, "I don't get paid, I don't get recognised or appreciated, I don't get coffee breaks" etc. I find this SO annoying!
For starters, half my wages go on childcare. Half. When you take this into consideration, my hourly rate is probably around what a teenager working at maccas earns!
Recognition/ appreciation- well, I am the one who always comes to work looking very disheveled. The other day I found Thomas and Percy in my makeup bag instead of concealer. I feel guilty when I have to take time off because the babies are sick. The only time of day I really feel recognised and appreciated is when I see my children's faces light up when I come to collect them from daycare.
As for coffee breaks, I spend those in the ladies toilet, pumping milk. Oh the joy.
Returning to work doesn't magically make the sleepless nights go away. We just don't have the option of spending all the next day in PJs.
We still have to face teething, toilet training, visits to the doctor and dentist, meal-time battles, bath-time battles, car-seat battles. We just have to fit our jobs in there somewhere too.
I just want to say to my whiny SAHM friend- just get over it! I would trade places with you in a heartbeat.
OK vent over.