First let me clarify and reiterate that I believe being a mom is a job. When I talk about being a “working mom” here, I am referring to working at a business or location outside the home. One that brings in money. I know that we are all working as moms 24/7….trust me. I get it!
Yesterday was my last day working Sunday’s.
A little background on my job if you don’t know: I work(ed) about 20 hours a week at a gym. (I have worked in gyms since freshman year of college….. seems like forever.) I work nights/evenings and some weekends when my husband is home to watch the boys. They never go to day care and I will not work during the day– unless my husband (he is an elementary school teacher is home on a random holiday or something. We don’t have any family here to watch our kids, and I will not put them in day care all day, so this is the the way it has to work. I usually work till 10pm.
The day care decision isn’t about the money – although day care is very, very expensive! – it’s just a decision that my husband and I made a long time ago. I would rather work at night and make less money then put them in day care and make more money at a better job. (Of course, once I paid for day care, it would probably be about the same amount of take home money anyways.) My evening job at the gym is simple and easy, and one I do to take home a little cash each month and have a free gym membership.
Unfortunately, working evenings like this doesn’t allow me to use my degree as much as I would like, but I’m okay with that right now. I imagine that when my kids are both in school I will be working close to full time hours doing something during the day that is much more fulfilling to me in the career department.
Right now, I’m working towards my personal training certification so I can use that with my health degree to train people and help them reach their fitness and health goals. I have always wanted to do this! This is something that allows me to set my own hours, continue to work nights/weekends, and make more money. Not to mention, fun!!
Okay, History lesson DONE. (Sorry, I rambled.)
So, as I was saying, yesterday was my last day working an all day Sunday shift.
This means a little less (um, 8 actually, I guess that’s a good chunk.) hours for me, but it also means my family and I can finally start going to Church together and truly enjoy what is – and what should be- a family day. I have missed those days, really. Doing this means a drop in our monthly income, which is a little scary and sometimes makes me question our decision, but I’m hoping it was the right one.
This just means that I need to get serious about making (and keeping!) a budget for our family. I. Can.Do.It. No more Target shopping trips when the kids and I get bored. Ha — I’m totally kidding.
I hope it will be the right decision for our family. Trust God’s plan, right?!
I don’t think I’ve ever asked before, so I’m curious….
Do you work outside the home?
If so, what do you do and how many hours do you work a week?
Why have you decided to work, or not work?
Do you enjoy working (outside the home) or do you absolutely hate it?