It's basically a job posting for doing everything, all of the time, 24/7, 365 days of the year.....and the applicants think its too much for one person to take on as a job...and without pay to boot.
It's the job of being a mom. And the applicants realize what their mothers have done for them all those years....one lady even seems to well up with emotion.
There are so many things that we do as mothers. Most of them you may not even realize you do, but you do it without thought or questioning the basis behind it. We need to multitask just to have a phone call and do laundry at the same time, or help our child brush their teeth. We don't tend to be squeamish regarding the bodily functions we must deal with.....poop, pee, vomit......we are fast acting in covering it, catching it, and deflecting it. We catch vomit in our hands so our child isn't covered in it, or it's not projected onto the floor. We stay up nights to help our child get over the stomach flu, rubbing their back as their stomach cramps up, offering sips of water to relieve the nasty taste of vomit. We throw ourselves out of bed to calm our child from a bad dream and reassure them that it wasn't real, but it was scary none the less. We search high and low for the "Blankie", or "Stuffie" that they just can't sleep without.
We cook and clean the house too. Wash dishes until our hands are raw and our nails chip and crack. We pack the lunches, and school bags adding small love notes in them to remind our child how much they mean to us. We help with the school work, or assignment due. We order the school book fair books, and canvass neighbours, family and friends for the school fundraiser. We are the taxi to and from karate, gymnastics, swimming, Girl Guides, friends houses, play dates, and birthday parties. We worry about them when they aren't either at school or in our home. We put money into RESP's so they can have an education in 18 years, but don't put anything into our own RRSP because we invest in our children first.
I feel being a SAHM is demanding. We don't get paid except in hugs, kisses, and watching our children develop into beautiful independent people. If a job is getting paid in cash, then on that basis.....motherhood isn't a job. But if someone who runs a daycare gets paid to raise a working parents child, then it is a job, a business in fact. I run my own business from my home too....its called Mom job.
There was recently a blog post from a writer on Today's Parent website who disregards that being a mom is a job...it's a good point she makes, but I'm in disagreement with it. Living in Canada gives us that opportunity to voice our views, and opinions and I'm proud of living in that Country. Therefore with my own rights I write this blog.
In closing of this post.....all I want to say is thanks to all the moms out there who do all I've mentioned and more. Thanks to my own mother who was SAHM, and to my uncle who was a SAHD, and my friends who are SAHM's too. We support each other and defend our choice to stay at home. We "get it".