Time. Time is a luxury. I have to admit that I am quite envious of stay-at-home moms. Not the ones who sit around watching soaps all day. But the ones who are involved in their kids' schools and activities. I would love to be a room parent, volunteer in the classroom or lunchroom, or attend every field trip. I want to be a soccer coach and girl scout leader. Have time to exercise and clean my house. It would be great to not have to worry about work when the kids are sick or have appointments. Or try to figure out what to do with them when school is out. I wish I had more time/energy to keep my house clean, cook more/better meals, and not race through the grocery store before I have to pick up my kiddos.
Here's the thing. I try to juggle it all. I attend class parties, try to go on some field trips, am active in PTO, make it to the grocery store every week. The kids are involved in extra-curricular activities. Several nights a week. I spend time reading to and cuddling with the kiddos. I drop off and pick up the kids from school most days. However, housework is failing. I don't exercise regularly. I don't get enough sleep. But all that can be sacrificed right now. My kids are growing up too fast, and I don't want to miss it. I want to enjoy as much as I can.
So, if I have to work, my job is perfect! Like I said, you can't beat the flexibility. It allows me to take kids to appointments, go to classroom parties, etc. And there are exceptional rewards watching my patients recover. I know other working moms can relate. Life is busy with four kiddos, and its not going to slow down any time soon. I love my crazy, busy, hectic life!