When I saw this writing prompt from Mama Kat, I knew I had to jump in. After all, I think I have the best job in the world! Well, most days, anyway. Here are a few thoughts on the perks of being a stay-at-home mommy:
1. PDA: Most companies have a strict policy on public displays of affection. At my place, though, the more affection I show, the better! I am the executive boo boo kisser, toddler cuddler, make-it-all-better hugger. I even get to give the CEO a big kiss when he comes in. It doesn't get much better than that!
2. Permanent maternity leave: Working women have 8 or 12 weeks at the most to go back to work after they have a baby, reluctantly leaving their little ones and the comforts of home. But my job began when I had a baby, and I may never leave home again! If you've had little ones, you know what I mean! I consider it a long-term vacation :)
3. Surprises: One of the big complaints in an ordinary ol' job is that it gets monotonous over time. The same work, day in, day out. I NEVER have two days alike! My girls are great at leaving me little "surprises" - on the floor, in their diapers, on my clothes - to ensure that I am always on my toes. And that I am never, ever bored.
4. Choosing your boss: Usually, you when you apply for a job, you don't have a say in who you work for. However, not only did I choose the bosses I have, I got to name them - Linsey, Hannah, and Natalie! Don't those sound like great people to work for??
5. Forms of entertainment at work: Mainstream companies also generally frown upon using company time to catch up on personal email, watch television, or just veg out in general. But in my world, the more cartoons I watch with my little bosses, or spend time with them coloring or playing a game, the cooler they think I am! This is the life...
6. No experience necessary: I quickly realized that I didn't know a thing about being a mom when I started, despite the volumes of books I had read! But that's okay - babies really don't care, and being a mom provides tons of on-the-job training. Of course, most of it is at 3 am or in the grocery store with a screaming toddler, but it's training nonetheless. And, despite having 16 years of schooling prior to becoming a mom, my job has currently taken me back to studying kindergarten curriculum, just for fun.
7. Pets: I know people have to leave their furry friends at home when they go to work, but most days, I feel like I work in a zoo! And when my kids aren't acting like strange little creatures, we've had six fish, a turtle, and a guinea pig in the mix. Now we're upgrading to a puppy, and I NEVER have to be away from these animals - life is fun!!
8. Naptime: Without a doubt, naptime is one of the biggest perks of being a mommy. I get paid the same (let's not talk about salary though) whether my kids are awake or asleep. So for at least an hour - okay half an hour - every day, the younger ones rest and the older ones have quiet time, and I actually get to lie down and have it semi-quiet, especially with those earplugs I ordered!
9. Job security: At a time where inflation and unemployment are on the rise, I'm glad to know my job is secure. As long as I am a mom, I have a job! Strangely, no one seems to even be in competition with me for my position. Now that kind of security is hard to come by :)
10. Favoritism: As a stay-at-home wife/mom, every day, I get to make the people I love most (my family) the happiest I can, without an outside job competing for my attention. I do this by cooking meals they like (hopefully), making sure they have clean clothes, and just taking care of their needs so they know how much I love them. Though it can be challenging, I can't think of any job I'd rather have than being a mommy...except maybe being a daddy!