“The days are long, but the years are short.” I’m not sure who first said these words, but I am sure that they speak to me and to mothers all over the world. Being a mother is hard work. It really is. It is more challenging than anything I’ve ever done, but it is more rewarding than anything I’ve ever experienced. The fact is, being a mom is amazing. Being a parent is amazing. Raising a baby, watching them grow into a child — it’s all quite humbling, isn’t it?
As a stay-at-home-mom, the days are long. They are so long! When I am frustrated or at the end of my rope, I have to remember how I felt when I was working full time and all the reasons why I wanted to stay home to raise my babies. I remember feeling so empty, stretched so thin, not being the mother or employer I wanted to be. In my heart of hearts, I knew life would be better if I was home with them.
I am constantly temped to turn on a show or hand them some gadget that will give me some “alone” time. Sure, there is research to show why babies shouldn’t watch TV or play with tech, but the honest reason we steer clear of all of that is because I want this time to be ours. This time IS ours. It’s our chance to play and connect, to laugh and create. We spend our days going on adventures, making projects, baking cookies, and reading. And we do it all together.