I am a Stay-at-Home Mom who does daycare in her home. I also work part time on the weekends at a restaurant that caters to girls ages 3-12 and their plastic/stuffed companions, which I understand sounds ridiculous, but it's one of the best jobs I've ever had and I love it. I like to refer to it as "the second happiest place on earth." (Disney World being the first). I mean, I get paid to celebrate little girls birthdays....few things are better than that.
I have three of my own children, two full time daycare kids, and two part time daycare kids. Oh, and a husband who works full time outside the home, because if he stayed here all day he'd go nuts. I tend to take a common sense approach to being a mom and caring for children and I don't think that a child's misbehavior is a reflection on my ability to care for him or her. All people, adults and kids alike, are prone to temper tantrums, myself included. I am not an overacheiving mom and I tend not to do things that go above and beyond unless I think they are fun for me, that might sound selfish, but keeping up with the Joneses just stresses me out and makes me not as good at my job of being a mom as I would like to be. I don't like PTA meetings....I've tried....they are not for me. Kudos to the mom's who can run the school carnival or oraganize the bake sales or help on vision and hearing screening day...I'm not one of those.
Let me start by saying what this blog isn't.....It's not a place to find parenting advice or learn about what to do if you can't get your kid to poop on the toilet or eat all his green beans. Rest assured your kid will eventually poop in the toilet or he'll stink. Oh, and those green beans? Maybe he just doesn't like them. No one forces you to eat food you don't like. What this blog is...a place for me to vent and share my real life experiences being a mom and caring for other people's children all while maintaining a sense of humor and understanding that eventually all these little people I'm surrounded by will be the big people taking care of me when I'm old and can't feed myself. There may be tips sprinkled in the mix, only because I am constantly looking for ways to make my own life easier, and on occasion I run into a gem that might help others have easier lives too. And maybe I'm hoping to provide a little comic relief for all those other SAHM's at the end of their stressful days and sleepless nights and to let you know you are not alone....and maybe to feel like I'm not alone either.
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Whenever I need to share or have something to say or vent about I will write. And I welcome any feedback my readers would like to give.
One last thing.....
For the purpose of this blog and to protect the privacy of the children and families I care for...my own included....I've decided that I will refer to all of the children by color....
Yellow = My 10 year old daughter
Pink = My 8 year old daughter
Blue = My 5 year old son
Red = 3 year old daycare girl
Purple = 1 and 1/2 year old daycare girl
Green = 1 year old daycare boy
Orange = 5 year old daycare boy