Sale: One Slightly Used Supermom's Cape
career began in 1987 shortly after my first of four kids
was born. I naively envisioned my home office humming ever
so smoothly while my child gathered around while I read
or played with him. It was an idyllic Norman Rockwell scene,
this fantasy of mine.
six very short years, I gave birth to an additional three
daughters while still working from home. My Shangri-La of
the "perfect" work-at-home mom soon gave way to
nothing less than controlled chaos on a good day! My past
fantasies had never included sick kids, sibling battles,
lack of sleep and constant tug of war between looming work
deadlines and kids that needed their Mom.
Total exhaustion had a hold on me constantly
from trying the impossible task of being Supermom.
I discovered that when you walk into the home
of another working mom whose house is immaculate,
you could make some deductions. First, her
children are lacking for attention while Mom
constantly keeps the house tidied and secondly,
this is a "house", not a "home."
have friends whose moms have beautifully kept homes but
these are the houses that no other kids are allowed to enter.
These moms send their kids over to houses like ours because
they know that I'll always welcome them, offer snacks and
some attention. I think I'd rather walk around the clutter
in my house while hearing the laughter of my kids and their
myself frequently, also, that my main objective to being
a WAHM (work at home mother) was to be able to spend quality
time with my family. So, the next time you drive past a
house with a slightly overgrown lawn, full of bikes and
see a gaggle of kids running through a sprinkler, you can
bet it's my house.
may look like Mount McKinley, we eat fast food or Tuna Helper
a lot, you can write your name in the dust on my dining
room table BUT we're sure having a good time!! So PLEASE
take my Supermom cape -- it's cheap and it doesn't fit me
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