One of the challenges of being a stay-home Mom is the temptation to justify why I have not returned to the workforce, especially when one’s children are already older teens; to resist the need to fill my day with cleaning the apartment, or cooking up fabulous meals, or dreaming up meaningful projects for Younger Daughter.
I am particularly fortunate that Loving Husband is so supportive of my life-style. When I toyed with returning to work a year or so ago and was getting extremely frustrated at the lack of meaningful things I could do, he suggested that it might be more trouble than it was worth. Unless I had a strong need to return to work, I should just not worry about it.
And so, I continue to enjoy my days with my home-schooled daughters. Older Daughter is in the midst of exam preparations and plans to head off to university next year, Younger Daughter continues to work through her current interests (paper doll fashions & baking/cooking new foods). To aid them in this, I do what I can to make homelife as comfortable as possible, feed them as healthily as I can, and play & go on adventures with them & Loving Husband as much as energy and hours in the day allow.
On days like today, when I am waiting for Younger Daughter to finish her Kumon lesson, I choose not to run errands but to sit at Starbucks with a cup of hot tea, watch the world go by, check my emails, and reflect on how blessed I am to have the opportunity to enjoy the here and now.