I'm a work-from-home mom. Where do I fit in? I notice there's this weird vibe between "stay at homers" and "9 to 5ers." Can't we all just get along?
Georgie Hocket: I was at the park one day with my daughter and she instantly fell in love with a little boy swaying on the swings. Always trying to promote friendliness, we tootled over and I said hello to the boy's mother. We chatted and laughed, compared mothering stories, and I thought maybe I was picking up a new friend at the park too.
Since it was three o'clock in the afternoon and I was hanging out in the neighborhood commons, the new mommy friend said, "So I assume you're a stay-at-home mom ... ?"
I smiled and said, "Well, sort of; I work from home."
And then, it was over. The mommy mojo was gone, like baby powder in a cool breeze. And it's not the first time this has happened to me. I've hit the Internet in search of play dates/mommy groups, and in the descriptions some say, "for stay-at-home moms only." Where's the love?
I think being a stay-at-home mom is one of the toughest jobs out there; equally as tough as being a work-from-home mom. But it's not about comparing who has it the toughest, because I haven't even mentioned our sisters: single, working mothers.
Maybe we just naturally, as humans, like to compare our situation with others ... which, when you think about it, is silly. Life works out how it works out, and if fate leads you down the stay-at-home mom path, the working path, or somewhere in the middle, chances are you're on that path because you're tough enough to handle it.
|Georgie Hockett is the co-founder (and original bride!) of A Grand Wedding.com, the only online resource featuring wedding vendors with a service or product under a thousand dollars. Georgie is also the author of two chick-lit novels. Mom of one.|