Being at home with my kids; I wouldn’t change it for the world and I am so lucky to be able to do so……but on the other hand I can’t help but feel down some days.
I absolutely Love, Love, LOVE that I get to see my kids grow up; watch and experience their firsts of everything and helping them learn new things each day as they grow.
Being able to teach and nurture them to the way I feel is the best way for my family is such an honour. I want to be able to be there on the tough days, when they are sick, if they’ve been hurt and need somebody to talk to and just being able to love them. I want to see my children enjoy themselves exploring, learning and be a part of the experiences of their childhood.
I try and find ways to challenge them so they can learn; and other times give them the freedom to figure some things out for themselves. Just being able to be there and watch their personalities grow and become their own little person is an amazing feeling.
Like I said before; I wouldn’t want to change that for anything.
But on the other hand; before I had kids nobody told me of the extreme loneliness that can come with staying at home.
It’s so different from waking up each morning and traveling to your job that you love and seeing other people your age or with similar interests to you. You don’t realize how important talking to other adults is; until you go a while without it.
I’ve found myself becoming more awkward in social situations; almost like I’ve forgotten how to talk to friends and family and people that are not children as my day consists of singing ABC’s and Counting and many more VERY REPETATIVE tasks. I miss interacting with other adults that have goals, ambitions and talking about things that matter to me in life.
I’ve found myself searching for excuses to speak to people online or on the phone because nowadays that is the easiest way to reach people if you are not able to see somebody face to face.
Speaking to people online is an amazing tool to keep you connected to the outside world if your job entails that you are to stay in your home throughout the week like I am.
“Use Social Media to facilitate, not replace, real relationships.”
Social media is a great tool, but it can’t replace the real relationships that everyone needs. My job currently does not allow me to leave my home during the week to go out and see people, do other activities with other parents or people; but I’m hoping one day I can figure out something that works a bit better for me and I can find a better schedule that gives me the social interaction I need in my life as well.
Build a support group with people you care about and people that have the same goals and interests as you. We all need this connection!
In all, I find staying at home can be both rewarding….and challenging; but my kids are 100% worth it!