I refinish and sell vintage furniture for extra income so that I can stay home with my kids. My girls, ages 3 and 4, were riding bikes on the driveway, while I sanded down an old table off to the side of the driveway. My 4 year old fell off her bike and scraped her knee, and I was there in seconds to comfort her and tell her that she was strong and that a little scrape was no big deal. I gave her a big hug, and in less than one minute, she had stopped crying and was on her bike again.
In that moment, I knew that all the sacrifices my husband and I make so I can stay home are worth it. No one is going to kiss a "boo boo" on my girls like I will. It gets pretty old listening to friends and acquaintances who tell me to put my kids in daycare so they can learn to socialize. Believe me, they are plenty social! And as for the argument that a mom needs "me" time, my husband makes sure I get "me" time AND "us" time too.
Though the hours sometimes seem long being a stay-at-home mom, the days and years are really short. I want to make sure I am there to kiss ALL the "boo boos."