I have to admit, I had (and sometimes do still) have my own preconceived notions of what SAHM’s do and are like. And I tried to do that when I first had Nate. I imagined that SAHM’s literally stayed home all day. I imagined them perfectly content staying within their home all day, every day, until the breadwinner or whatever returned home, liberating them from the confines of their house.
Boy, was I ever wrong.
SAHM’s are really, really busy people. Some, like my SIL, are going to school part-time hoping to get their degrees. Others write or organize or volunteer. They, of course, take care of the children and the home, which is a full-time job in and of itself. Some even home school their children (that’s a whole different post!). Being a SAHM is actually pretty admirable; however I don’t think that I could do it. I have a built in adult network already there because of the work that I do outside the home that I sorely missed when I was at home in the weeks following Nate’s birth. I missed the challenges of my job – doing what I was trained to do. And I’m happier with the routine that I have now.
I guess it’s each to their own…