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mama to Joshua (9), Lily (8), Jude (6) and Ava (6)
I'm satisfied with things now, so I don't feel that I should go do something else because I'm supposed to feel the need to. And from talking with other women at church and that I know in the neighborhood who have older kids, it seems like you aren't any less busy and don't have THAT much more time to yourself, it's just a different kind of busy and less under your control.
I am a SAHM to two in school--K and 2nd. We have no plans for me to go back to work anytime soon. Unless something WAH falls in my lap.
What do I do all day? I do get that workout almost every day. I garden, cook, shop (mostly for groceries), clean, and create. I make objects to sell at the school fairs, and I make lots of handmade gifts for family and friends (mostly baby and housewarming, just those keep me on my toes!). I do genealogy research (I am interested in becoming a certified genealogist). I also put in maybe 100 hours Sept-Jun volunteering for their school. I am rarely in the classroom. I work on the fairs, have answered phones in the office, and worked on the library catalog.
I try to get all shopping and gardening done during the week so we can _do_ stuff on the weekends--often scouts or visiting grandma or going to the beach. But they often help me garden and do the lawn
I honestly can't imagine going back to work. I am really busier now with them than when they were little. With cub scouts, music, school events, and just stuff like the beach or aquarium, I am busy! And only 1 is in scouts now. If they are sick, it's no biggie. If there is a field trip, I can chaperone.
And I doubt I could find a job that would either be flexible enough to let me stay home with a sick child or go on a field trip, or that would pay enough to hire an emergency nanny
Mama to four: 10, 7, 3, and 1