One of the things people seem to think I will miss the most when I go back to work is the freedom to come and go as I please. “At the moment” (they say) “you can do as you like, come and go as you please, organise your day just the way you want. You’ll miss that, when you’re stuck in an office from 9 til 5”
I think they’re wrong. On two counts.
My day today has gone as follows: Walk to school, drop off eldest, walk home from school. Take younger kids out of the buggy – put them straight in the car, drive to baby gym, play, drive to new place of work – drop off documents, drive home. Take younger kids out of car and put in buggy. Walk to school to collect eldest child (early) and walk home. Feed children lunch ( while I shovel a sandwich on the run). Drive eldest child to pyhsio appointment, observe appointment and drive home. gulp down a coffee. Write blog post as quickly as possible with a child hanging off each leg. Drive children to a party, Supervise, Drive home. Put children to bed. Start ironing………. you get the drift.
The point I am trying to make (as quickly as possible!) is that actually I don’t have the freedom to come and go as I please. I don’t get to organise my day exactly as I want. It’s a common misconception that a stay at home parent has all the time in the world but the reality is a little different. My day is dictated to by the school start and end times, doctor/dentist/hospital appointments, parties and play dates, pre school and after school activities, nap times and bed times, feet measuring and shoe buying …….. then you need to add in helping with homework. Reading aloud. Spellings. And don’t even get me started on chores! Me time? Never heard of it! Free time? Never heard of that either!
Of course I take pleasure in doing all (well MOST) of those things with the children, however it has to be said I am very much looking forward to being able to drive to my office, sit at my desk all day and drive home. A whole hour to eat my lunch without interruption is also a bonus!
How do I feel about our decision today? Excited about going back to work for a rest! 😉