PSA - Tell a stay at home parent or single parent how much he/she is appreciated!
As a few of you know recent twists and turns of life have plunged me back full bore into the wonderful and often exhausting position of nearly full time parenting and maintaining the house/lives of a busy family.
I was always an active father when my daughter was growing up. But like many I worked a demanding job as the family’s primary breadwinner. So some of the subtle and oft-overlooked experiences of managing the life of a kid and a family and a household were probably really lost on me. Add in a healthy dose of having a completely awesome wife and a generous helping of being a man – and therefore happily ignorant of a lot of things!!! – and I was blissfully unaware that, “ Holy fark balls!!!! This is a LOT OF WORK!!!”.
So one of my lessons learned lately is to really wake-up and take notice of all of such things and truly show appreciation for not only those who do this on a full-time basis but the ones who do ALLLLLLLLLL this so amazingly well that the only fair descriptor for their constant efforts really IS “super”!!!
Parenting is never an easy “job” even in the most ideal of circumstances. The game has really changed a lot since back in my day. I don’t know how some keep up with it all while maintaining a shred of their sanity!!!!
Especially true of single parents who work full time AND still make time to make sure all the cupcakes are baked/soccer games are attending/the rare and elusive RIGHT Spider-Man backpack is found and purchased for school/yada yada yada.
I could single out and publicly embarrass a few of the Lounge regulars here* who fit this bill very well but that would really miss the point I think. There are so many everyday people who quietly go about this “work” in an underappreciated fashion. So if you’re anywhere near as clueless as I was make an effort to express some appreciation of your own towards the individuals in and around your little circle of life who really deserve it!!!
* I am in the process of preparing tasteful n00dz as tokens of appreciation for some of you but I’m having a hard time finding a photographer so be patient!!!
Bu I wish my SO would say some words o appreciation... Would make my day..,
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I don't know how DW does it. She did it as a single mom before I came along so I got to see first hand how hard it was for her. I don't know how she does it now with 4 kids, but I make sure to pamper her (and do her) as often as possible. Well said, Ref!
This ordeal is like a fire tempering a sword. It's making chewy even tougher. If he got leprosy and his arm fell off, he'd beat the shit out of a bear, dip his stump in lemon juice and sew it back on with his good hand.
My hubby thinks I'm farking superwoman and should be able to "leap buildings with a single bound", but when I ask him to help put shoes on the kids, or something equally as simple, it takes him foreverrrrr to "git r done"! But, I of course, should be able to do EVERYTHING perfectly--and have it done every farking day..... rriiiigghhhhhttttt.....
That's when I get an urge to "Gib slap" him....
Simply put: yeah. SAHM/D are under appreciated!
Mommy to "Big Sister" and "Big Little Sister" , "Baby Sister", and Wife to a Fish Geek
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