My mind keeps going back to a conversation I had just recently... Lady... 'Oh lovely, you're a Stay At Home Mum? What's you're career though? What will you do when they're older?' She was baffled by my lack of interest in that. She very obviously felt sorry for me, as though this stage of my life is an inconvenience to be waited out, before the 'real work' begins... 'You should think about it. You'll soon get bored when they're older'
That's not how I see this though.
For me parenting was always the real work. I understand completely there are those who want to have careers as well as wanting to be a great parent (and, I believe this is totally possible!)... But this is ME... I feel like I was always waiting for this moment, for motherhood, and I've completely embraced it... later?... Well, even my future plans revolve around parenting... Being a mum, helping other mums, having more children (maybe even fostering)... This is my work... I just want to enjoy these moments, to live in them completely, to embrace them 💯... And this is OK!
It is OK to have parenting be your 'work'... It doesn't make you less or more than those who choose a different path, it doesn't make you lazy (anyone who thinks this very clearly hasn't looked after my guys!), it doesn't mean you don't have aspirations or need to get a life... So to those who have decided that parenting IS their career, hold your head up high and love every moment... Consider yourself lucky for being able to do this... or find a 'second job' to cover the bills so you can focus on this life choice... But don't ever feel bad!