So true... why is that, I wonder? People who have out of the home jobs spending time with kids still get to complain... like teachers and day care workers... and they only have to (get to?) spend time with kids for around 40 hours a week, and I think everyone agrees that kids save their worst behavior for their parents. (And here I am in NO WAY saying that teachers and day care workers shouldn't complain. :) ) But people whose job it is to stay home with their own kids work 24/7 and are not allowed to complain. It's like we're SO LUCKY to get to stay home that we shouldn't talk about it lest we offend someone. It's not just complaining either... I can't say anything positive about my life without offending someone... like simply telling people that we had a nice morning walk and it was sunny... without getting the eyeroll that says oh, it must be so nice to be able to do that while I had to slave away at work... or worse, they think I'm gloating. And I wouldn't even dare to say anything about the things I've given up to be able to stay home with my kids... like mentioning it would be nice for me and dh to have the money to go out to dinner for our anniversary without getting the response of well, you made your choice to stay home, didn't you?
I've seen the other side of this too, where people assume that I'm SO UNLUCKY (or pathetic or something?) to not have an education or ambition (neither true) and that I should be doing something to better myself and my family and at least want to get a job. And of course you'd best not waste your time complaining then because instead you should be doing something about your situation.
But I'm rambling... it sure would be nice to be able to talk about what I do with other people without the constant scrutiny. Do working moms generally feel scrutinized when they talk about what they do, I wonder?
Edited by treehugz - 8/26/13 at 5:28pm