You know the age old “mommy wars” – outside of home working mom versus stay at home (also working) mom?? Yeah, I’m pretty sure most moms do not even see this as a real point of contention. Let’s face it, we all know that raising kids (regardless of what else you are doing) is way harder than any other thing we could possibly do… that is why God created wine :). I have had the pleasure of experiencing both scenarios and love things about staying home while I also really love things about working outside of the home. I am literally writing this on the eve of transitioning back to working full time after staying home with my three littles for the past year and a half. The emotions are endless and way more exhausting than I thought they would be. Let’s face it, I worked full time up until we picked up our little family of 5 and moved to Seoul, Korea a year and a half ago. At that point, I had to quit my full time job in order to move across the world, but hey, there was a new adventure brewing. I spent the next year and a half working as a taxi driver (not paid, of course, because my kids only make 1 dollar a week for allowance). I loved almost every minute of it. There was laughter and tears and a lot of candy bribes. Overall, I consider myself lucky to have the chance to experience that with my kids.
Tomorrow, I will return to work full time at the US embassy and I am excited as ever. A new challenge awaits, new things to learn and people to meet. However, tears will flow tonight. I will doubt myself and wonder if I am doing the right thing. I will worry about my kids endlessly. Will they miss me in the afternoons after school? Will they resent that they cannot do all of the fun extra-curricular activities they used to do? Will they feel a bit abandoned by me? The likely answer is yes to all of these, at some point. But that is okay! As Mothers we will constantly second guess ourselves and how we are doing. We will sometimes wonder if we made the wrong choice or if our kids could be happier. We will sometimes worry and stress. Knowing that, I’m ready. I’m ready to show my kids that their mommy can pursue her interests and still be an amazing parent to them. I say all of this to get it off my chest but to also say that I have been on both sides of this so called, “mommy war” and it doesn’t exist. We are all just doing what we need to for our families and ourselves. Support each other because we all need someone to say that we are doing a great job once in a while. Great job mommies!!! Now, I’m off to prep lunches, school clothes and dust off my work clothes… wish me luck