I was honestly shocked the first time I was asked if I was going to get a job now that Sophie was starting daycare. It had never occurred to me that people would think that, let alone actually voice it to me. (And the people who asked if it was time for another baby can bite me.)
My answer was a straight up "no way!", and I laughed it off. But why is that the first thought that jumps into people's minds? Am I not doing enough for them?
Because that's the key isn't it?
I have always believed that teenagers need a parent home when they get home, much more than little kids do. And Steve supports that. (And little kids do need a parent at home as well.)
And, despite what Douglas thinks, I'm not sitting at home doing nothing. I volunteer in Riley's classroom, I help the P&C, I run a community page on facebook, and I have this space that keeps me busy. As well as the regular running of the household (but let's not talk about housework)
So why the pressure to "get a job"? Is it because a job pays money, so I would be "contributing"? Or is it because stereotypes exist? Or, really, did those people just not think that it was ok for me to send Sophie to daycare and use the time for me?
What do you think?
Is it ok for mums to stay home?
Is volunteer work "enough"?
Is it time for stereotypes to change?