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If I Had The Chance, Would I Give It Up?
If I Had The Chance, Would I Give It Up?

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,



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