Guest blogger Diana Landen: I was taught that being a housewife was a deadly disease. Bored and lonely, you would end up on drugs, ironing the sheets twice a week and miserably obsessing over stains on your husband's shirt.
I was surprised to find that taking care of my children all day was a good
job -- a job, not a vacation or a happily ever after, but a better job than any I've ever had. What are the things I'm thankful for about my job as an at-home parent?
1) I get to be with my children. I didn't have to go through the pain of separating from my babies -- in fact, by the time I got away from them, I was ready to be alone. I didn't have to adjust to missing them. Instead, I get to spend time with two amazing people who I love more than any other children in the world.
2) I like being my own boss. I've always preferred to work independently. As an at-home mom, I get to decide what my job description will be (for some reason, it never seems to include cleaning). I can set goals like teaching my children to love books or spending more time listening to them.
3) I know my children are well cared for. I am quality care: warm, loving and consistent. When my children are sick, they can stay home without a problem. If school closes early because of snow, I don't have to worry about who will take care of my children.
4) I enjoy the freedom. When I had my first baby, I threw away my watch. We got up when we wanted to and built a schedule to suit the two of us. We went places I wanted to go and spent time with people I liked spending time with.
5) I am constantly learning new things. How do you amuse a baby? Wait, they're walking. How do you childproof your home? No, wait, they're talking. What are you supposed to say when they say only men drive trucks? What is the name of that strange-looking machine? What should I do when my child lies?
6) I can raise my children my way. If I don't want them to watch TV, they don't. If I think it's OK for them to wear a Spider-Man suit all day, it is. If I don't want them to see grownups behaving badly, all I have to do is behave myself (actually, that isn't always easy).
7) I get to play outside during the day. Taking the children to the park is part of my job. So are visits to the museum, the zoo, the library, or just the bank.