Hi Dr. Laura:
I'm a 31-year-old stay-at-home mom to a three-year-old. My friends always ask me how on earth I do it. They ask how I "don't go crazy" and they wonder whether I would give it up if I had the chance.
The answer is YES. I HATE BEING A STAY-AT- HOME MOM. I HATE that yesterday, my son and I rode our bikes to the park and had a picnic. I HATE that the day before, he put on his Spider Man costume and we shot Silly String in the backyard as his "web." I HATE that some days we go to the beach, the museum, the bowling alley or just stay at home and play with Legos. Boy, do we play with Legos! I HATE that my son helps me cook dinner every night before Dad comes home from work. I HATE that last week it rained and we had to go to the movies and eat extra buttered popcorn. I HATE that we raise caterpillars into butterflies, read endless amounts of books and listen to music together. You get the idea - it's really terrible to be a stay-at-home mom. I'm not sure how I do it each day. If only I could give this all up and instead sit at a desk all day, working on a computer, dealing with co-workers and bosses. Wouldn't that be nice? A girl can dream, I guess.
I've got to run now. My son and I are learning how to make our own fortune cookies today. Love you, Dr. Laura!
All my best,