My Hubby goes away for work sporadically throughout the year. Often he gets only 24 hours notice of a 2-3 day trip. This is fine, I hate it, but it is fine since I stay at home. If I was working it would be a totally different story. There would be childcare that would have to be arranged out of the blue. My kids school Out of Hours School Care group is usually pretty full as it is and often don't have places available for extras. I don't know that the extra stress placed on the kids and I would be worth that little bit extra money a week. I think if I worked I would have to find a job that was just in school hours.
Then I think of how much I do around here and if I worked alot of it just wouldn't get done. I know many women balance the two but I'm at the stage where I'd like to explore new things. I want to learn to be more self sufficient and hence save money rather than have to spend a large portion of my income just so that I can work. If I worked there would be transport to and from said work to consider (I would need a new car as our old Tarago is on its last legs and only gets used for the school run and shop run). I would need new clothes. Then of course there would be probably child care for the younger two boys and the older two would become "Latchkey Kids". Then we have school holidays where we also have Hubby's two kids. There would then be vacation care for 4 of them and my stepson with Autism would require special care (he has previously been "thrown out" of vacation care that his Mum has had him in, due to his high needs and behaviours). Of course, with me working there would be less baking done and also probably more take away or preprepared meals entering the house and the expense associated with it. When I sit back and add all that up, would working really, honestly, be worth it????
Staying home enables me to keep my house clean (well kinda lol). It enables me to plant and care for seeds which will hopefully produce food for us. It enables me to bake treats for the kid's lunchboxes without having to resort to shop bought cakes/biscuits which are full of preservatives etc. It enables me to cook from scratch, cooking most of our meals at home. It enables me to prepare the kid's lunchboxes each day, saving money on school lunches. Naturally my wardrobe is pretty daggy to say the least, but when I am cleaning and gardening and baking throughout the day, who needs to be dressed up fancy lol.
Yes life can get mundane and boring but you know what? I really don't think I would have it any other way. I am starting to get a new appreciation for my house. I have ideas that will turn it into our home. They will take time to save up for but I know that eventually we will get there. If we move in a year or two, then we move but in the mean time we will work towards making this house look the way we would like it to.
Money is tight, yes, but when I add it all up, I don't think that me working will change it by much, by the time you add up all the extra expenses working would bring. The kids are only kids for such a short time and I don't want to miss it. I feel like my eldest has gone from toddler to teenager in a blink of an eye and when I sit back and think, I can't remember where all those years went. I feel like since my Ex and I split up, there has been so much happening and life has been so busy that I forgot to sit back and enjoy my kids. I hate that more than anything.
Starting today, I want to ensure that I live in the moment more often and just relax and let the little things slide. Life is to be enjoyed and our kids are precious. I will get stuck into seriously decluttering and either donating to charity or selling online the things we no longer want/use/need. This can bring a little extra money into the house, it may be small amounts but they all add up. This is what blogging and reading all those wonderful blogs out there has taught me. Reading blogs has given me new skills, a new mindset and most of all inspiration to achieve so many things I had never really thought possible.
So I want to say a big thank you to all the wonderful bloggers whose blogs I read daily, the ones that I read weekly and just all you wonderful bloggers in general. I may spend way too much time exploring Blog Land lol, but it is time that I think is totally worth it.
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