When I became a stay at home mom I noticed something interesting happen.
People suddenly started asking what I do all day, and not all necessarily because they were interested. I think that I can say with some certainty that they wanted to know how I was *wasting* my time, since, how hard can it be have the luxury of staying home all day and not having a 9-5 job?
When random people ask me this question with the intent to find out how unproductive I am, it irritates me. I can’t stand that I have to justify the use of my time just because I don’t have a time card that needs to be punched in and and out of.
Honestly, those people wouldn’t really want to know what I do with my time. I could tell them that every day is different, yet the same. I could tell them that I spend my days trying to get a real 15 minute, uninterrupted break. Or I could talk about the routine in every day. I could tell them that week days I have to wake up and feed my children and make sure they get to school on time. I have to make or over-see the making of their lunches. I have to make sure that I pick Garrett, Emma and Grace up at their appointed dismissal times (ALL DIFFERENT TIMES), if any of the children have after school activities, I have to get them there and home. I have to make sure that they do their homework, make dinner and get them to bed at the appointed hour. I could tell them that I also have to clean my house, do loads and loads and loads of laundry, run errands, grocery shop, play with the twins, make sure that the twins are still alive when Jeff gets home from work, and squeeze in time for me and my husband.
But I don’t. I don’t want to hear about my day, and really, neither do they.
Instead I get irritated and run through my mind all the ways that I really am productive.
It finally occurred to me that I don’t need to waste my precious time making a list in my head of all the things I do that really are not a waste of time. I just need to remember one thing:
I grew and birthed 5 children in 5 years.
I think that is productivity at it’s best. 🙂