There has been a common topic in my conversations with my mommy friends lately-jobs. I have a job, but it allows me to work from home. I recognize this is a blessing, but it also sometimes just feels like more being at home.
Many of my other friends have similar jobs or they have paused their careers all together while they stay home with kids.
Now, that our kids are starting school and many of us have been at this mom thing for more years than we were in college, it seems we are getting an itch. Everyone seems ready for the next phase. At least we are ready to start talking about the next phase.
In my case, I have never had the same job for this long. I have been a mom for almost seven years and a work from home mom for 5. Five years is the longest I have stuck with anything-except my marriage. I was always in education, but I changed assignments every two or three years to keep from getting bored. I think I have professional ADD.
So, it’s not that my current job is not rewarding or that I don’t love being here for the day-to-day with my kids. It is just that lately, I have an itch for more.
The kids are gaining their independence. Of course, they are not ready to leave the nest but they are ready to spend less time with me and that leaves me wondering if dishes and laundry are really all that I can aspire to.
Here’s the rub; most of us don’t want to go back to what we were doing before and none of us is ready to completely lose the flexibility we have now.
Every time I look into what would give me both professional satisfaction and the flexible schedule that would allow me the time I want to be with my kids-I’m left with going back to school for another degree or keeping the job I have.
For now, I’ve had enough with student loans. I think I’ll keep what I have and learn to love the home office and the laundry.
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