Today is Friday. TGIF . . . I guess. Actually, my wife is taking some time off. Wednesday was her last day of work for the week. So, Wednesday was my Friday. But it doesn’t really matter anyway, because every day is the same when you are a stay-at-home parent. Weekends don’t matter as much when you’re at home every day. The days just kind of meld together in a litany of chores and errands. Or you could take it the other way, and say every day is Friday. Then why not just drink every night, stay up late and play video games? That brings up another whole round of problems. So either way, every day is the same and you have to deal with it.
At my old job, they used to say, “Don’t take work home with you.” I suppose they meant to not mentally take your job worries home and fuss over them. However, being a stay-at-home parent means never getting away from your job. There are always dishes to clean or loads of laundry to be done. It never ends. And you’re always at work, so to speak. Even when you leave your home, you take your kid with you—so you’re always at work. Always.
It’s also frustrating, because it seems that there is no personal or professional growth. My wife, for instance, works all day during the week. So, she is basically working on her career and professional development all day every day. When you’re doing the dishes all day every day, you don’t get that same fulfillment. I suppose, like all things, you get out of it what you put into it. My personal growth is subtle, yet there all the same. I am learning self-discipline, perseverance, and patience in droves. You have to in this job, or it will get you. And you can’t let it get you, there’s too much at stake. Although this job is difficult, at least I can take heart in knowing that this is making me a better person and building my character for the future.
If you’re a stay-at-home parent, what do you take away from your experience?